Bouguereau & America
June 22 – September 22, 2019
Comprising around 40 works by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), this exhibition explores the artist’s remarkable popularity in the United States. Bouguereau’s modern and highly polished interpretations of classical subjects—including heroic men, sensuous goddesses and playful cupids—as well as his intimate and idealized portrayals of peasant life, were avidly sought by American collectors. This exhibition focuses on Bouguereau’s paintings in US collections and how they reflect the tastes, beliefs, and ambitions of America’s elite.
Bouguereau & America is co-organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros, about 1880 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Catalog Sponsor: Dr. Joy Brown Wiener and family
Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Needham Horton
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey Wiener
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Russel Wiener
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.