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WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU: MASTERPIECES Art Book contains 250 HD reproductions of angels and cherubs, children, portraits, genre scenes, religious and mythical themes with gallery page for all images, biography and museum links. Book includes; Table of Contents, Top 50 Museums of the World and is compatible with all Kindle devices, Kindle for iOS and Android tablets (use rotate and/or zoom feature on landscape/horizontal images for optimal viewing).
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle, France, on November 30, 1825. His family were olive oil and wine merchants, and at first it was assumed that he would follow into the family business. But when very young he displayed a strong talent for drawing, and his uncle Eugene, a curate, took it upon himself to provide young William (who did not use the name “Adolphe”) with an education including Latin, Greek history and mythology, and both Old and New Testament studies. He also arranged for William to attend high school, where he formally studied drawing for the first time, under the tutelage of Louis Sage.
After high school William did work for a time in the family business, but a client, noting his significant talent, convinced his father that he should be allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, where he earned a first prize award for his painting of Saint Roch. Despite the long hours demanded by both his job and his art studies, during this time he also earned extra money by designing jam and jelly labels.
His uncle, still supporting and encouraging his artistic career, obtained for William commissions painting portraits of his Eugene’s parishioners, and with this money matched by a gift from his aunt, he was able to move to Paris and enroll in France’s most-respected École des Beaux-Arts. (cont)