Delta of Venus

William Bouguereau

William Bouguereau (30 November 1825 - 19 August 1905) was a French academic painter. Bouguereau was dedicated traditionalist, studying the Old Masters at the Villa Medici in 1848 after winning the Prix de Rome, and was an unparalleled master of anatomy. He is best known for his life size nudes of mythological figures and his photorealistic style.

Bouguereau Le Ravissement de Psyche

During his life, he was considered one of the greatest painters to have ever lived and was very popular amongst art collectors and millionaires of the time. Unfortunately, his life coincided with the rise of the Impressionists who, although not incredibly respected at the time, gained popularity around the time of Bouguereau's death in 1905 and so his brilliant works were more or less forgotten and his name omitted from text books detailing the history of art of this time period.

It wasn't until the 1960s when he was "rediscovered". From there his paintings went from selling for as little as $500 to the year 2000 when his painting Charite sold at a record level of $3,520,000.

It is unlikely to be a coincidence that his photorealistic style developed during the advent of photography. Though his highly finished style was criticized by the Impressionists as being artificial, Bouguereau's dreamlike paintings have a breathtaking beauty that leaves the camera impotent.


William Bouguereau Gallery



Young Girl Defending Herself Against Love

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Lost - Pleiad

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
The Two Bathers

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Elegy

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Biblis

Dimensions : 10" x 17" Glossy erotic art print. Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Spring

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Le Ravissement de Psyche

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Baigneuse Accroupie

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1884
Jeunesse de Bacchus

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
The Birth of Venus

Iconic Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1879
La Baigneusse

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
L'Amour Senvole

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
Spring Breeze

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1895
Nymphs & Satyr

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1873
The Nymphaeum

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1878
The Wave

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1825 1905
After the Bath

Erotic/Nude painting by William-Adolfe Bouguereau. 1875