Bouguereau & AmericaBouguereau & America
A Young Girl Defending Herself against Love, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 - 1905), about 1880.

June 22 – September 22, 2019

Bouguereau & America

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 portrayal of peasant life were avidly sought after 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.

‘…an important and ambitious exhibition, fruit of the kind of fresh, original idea more institutions should aspire to… a fascinating exploration of a bygone moment in the history of American taste’ – Eric Gibson, Wall Street Journal

Pictured below:

Virgin of the Angels, 1881: Courtesy of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association


William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 - 1905)
A Young Girl Defending Herself against Love, about 1880, Oil on canvas
81.6 × 57.8 cm (32 1/8 × 22 3/4 in.), 70.PA.3
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau

French, 1825-1905.

Bouguereau paints modern and highly-polished interpretations of classical subjects - including heroic men, sensuous goddesses, and playful cupids — as well as intimate and idealized portrayal of peasant life.

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Painter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

French, 1825-1905.

Bouguereau paints modern and highly-polished interpretations of classical subjects - including heroic men, sensuous goddesses, and playful cupids — as well as intimate and idealized portrayal of peasant life.

View Artist's Website
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Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

The American art theorist Linda Nochlin (1931-2017) posed this question as the title of a pioneering article in 1971. This essay was considered one of the first major works of Feminist art history, it has become a set text for those who study art internationally, and it is influential in many other fields.

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by Linda Nochlin