William-Adolphe Bougueau:Famous paintings of William-Adolphe Bougueau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French  academic painter. William Bouguereau (French pronunciation: [vijɑ̃ buɡøʁo]) was a traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical  subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body.


The Goose Girl (1891)

The knitting woman

The shepherdess (1889)

Nut Gatherers (1882)

Young Shepherdess(1895)

Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons. He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists.
Near the end of his life he described his love of his art: “Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come…if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable”. He painted eight hundred and twenty-six paintings.

In the spring of 1905, Bouguereau's house and studio in Paris were robbed. On August 19, 1905, Bouguereau died in La Rochelle at the age of 79 from heart disease.