- Full Description
William Bouguereau was the most popular artist in nineteenth-century France but along with artists like Maxfield Parrish and Alma Tadema, he’s also very well known today. Or at least his images are. But here is a chance to delve deeper into his life and his prolific works. This book is an exploration of the four genres most prevalent throughout Bouguereau's career: mythological works, religious works, peasants, and portraits. One new takeaway for me is how he concentrated on the subtleties of capturing human emotion in heads and hands, something at which he was a consummate master. Moderate nudity.
This is a primary factor in what makes his works, in general, so compelling. Although each section of the book discusses the importance of the individual genera within Bouguereau's oeuvre, and includes painting analyses to highlight his most important works, this book is a showcase of the master's lifetime achievement through beautifully illustrated full-page plates of over 120 of his greatest masterpieces.
His images of angels, cupids, of Psyche and satyrs and nymphs are not only amazing, they are timeless. Just look at the cover of this edition. The children’s outfits are certainly of a different time, but not their faces and expressions...these could well be any child of today.
He was also master of the human figure, obviously taking delight in the nude female form. During his age the contemporary nude was frowned on, but as long as the subject was mythological, artists like Bouguereau could do whatever they wished. Like Norman Lindsay, he often peopled his images with dozens of nude figures, and every one is picture perfect.
An aside: I just attended the "Keepers of the Flame" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in August. This superlative offering starts with artists we all know, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell, and traces their TEACHERS and therefore their inspiration and technique, back through into the early 1800s. And who should be a part of this? Bouguereau, of course. And also his contemporary Leon Gerome and his Paris Salon, where so many artists studied in the late 1800s.—Bud
- Additional Information
Item Code ESSWH Publisher Acc Art Books Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781851499106 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 240pg Color Full Color
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
- Wonderful, outstanding new collection
I really think this is a fine book. I took it on my vacation with me and have learned a great deal about this artist, who I kind of thought i knew already. Plus the artwork is such that you can literally study each piece. Its pointed out his attention to fingers, and skin...some of these are almost like photos, they are so real. Wonderful, outstanding new collection.