Artist Bio: William Bouguerau

William Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter. William Bouguereau (pronounced vill-yam boo-guh-roe) was a staunch traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body. Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons.

He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists.

Diversity in Fine Nude Art

Contemporary approaches to nude art are diverse, not only in style but also in the meanings they attempt to convey.

Nude art has remained an essential focus of Western art since the Renaissance. Whether embracing or refashioning classical ideals, artists from the seventeenth century to the present have privileged the nude form and made it an endlessly compelling means of creative expression.

"If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred." - Walt Whitman I Sing the Body Electric

The Nude Art Gallery of William Bouguerau