In William Bouguereau’s realistic paintings, the French painter skillfully used mythological themes to interpret classical subjects and focused on the female body. Bouguereau’s work was rediscovered as figure paintings became a growing area of interest after the initial decline of the twentieth century.
Pioneering Realistic Paintings
Realism played a key role in creating forms that people can understand, interpret and makes it possible to visualize language. Paintings by renowned artists have served as modes of communication that consist of realistic images.
Bouguereau completed numerous paintings that continue to elicit awe and wonder from art enthusiasts around the world. His conventional academic style of painting was displayed at the Paris Salon’s annual exhibitions for the duration of his professional life. He stood out with his natural inclination to the contour of the human form.
Painting the Human Body
It was apparent that the structure and complexity of the human body fascinated Bouguereau and he was inspired by other artists in the genre. Graceful and charming portraits were praised for his ability to bring out the beauty of every subject without compromising in their actual likeness.
The artist’s fame continued to rise beyond his birthplace and his paintings were displayed and sold to royalty. Bouguereau was devoted to his tradition of genre paintings with mythological themes that provided modern interpretations of Christian and pagan subjects. He concentrated on the nude female form.
Methodical and Careful Approach
In his world of idealized paintings, Madonnas, bathers, nymphs, goddesses and shepherdesses were brought to life. William Bouguereau had a style that was appealing to the wealthy patrons of art at that time. Bouguereau used traditional techniques to create his paintings, including detailed oil sketches and pencil studies.
Bouguereau’s thoughtful method and cautious approach led to an accurate and aesthetically pleasing depiction of the human body. The way he painted hands, feet and skin was especially revered and he also used erotic and religious symbolism to represent themes such as lost innocence.
With his skill and grace, Bouguereau was able to attract several lucrative opportunities to decorate both private and public buildings and this was a worthwhile addition to his popularity and fame. Bouguereau would opt to use his own distinct painting style or adapt to other existing styles. He sold paintings to patrons and successfully painted portraits of wealthy patrons that are privately owned.
Academics and Training
Bouguereau was a notable academician who shared his expansive knowledge of art to make and female students who came from different parts of the world. He taught painting and drawing for several decades to numerous students and facilitated may artistic careers with some that flowed his style or took a different approach.
The love that Bouguereau had for his art was apparent throughout his life and he described it as a source of joy. Within his generation he was regarded as an exemplary painter and enjoyed popularity in different regions of the world. He maintained his classical methodology in terms of his approach to subject matter, form and composition.
Bouguereau spent a substantial amount of time in Paris but travelled frequently as he begun several paintings that he completed back at home. His career spanned several years before his death in Paris that marked the end of a fulfilling artistic journey.