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Jeannie by William Adolphe Bouguereau

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This extraordinary painting boasts an unsurpassed degree of finish and luminous coloration

Key Features

  • This exquisite portrait by Bouguereau portrays a young girl with a wistful smile
  • Bouguereau often depicted the underprivileged with hopes of inspiring charity
  • One of the finest painters of the human form in all of art history, his figures come to life
  • His work has become increasingly popular, commanding incredibly high prices at auction
  • Signed and dated W. Bouguereau 1868, lower left
  • Dated 1868
  • Canvas: 40 3/4" high x 29" wide
    Frame: 50 high x 38 1/2 wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 29" F: 38 1/2" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Figurative
  • Artist:
    Bouguereau, William Adolphe
William Adolph Bouguereau
1825-1905 French

Jeannie

Signed and dated W. Bouguereau 1868, lower left
Oil on canvas

This outstanding painting is the work of William Adolphe Bouguereau, unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses, as well as one of the most decorated artists of all time. This portrait of a young girl peeling an apple, looking at the viewer with a wistful smile, beautifully demonstrates the master's genius for human anatomy and ability to capture the nuances of personality and mood of his subjects.    

Deeply influenced by the classical tradition, Bouguereau is immediately recognized for his amazing portraits idealizing the human figure, and this oil on canvas exemplifies his remarkable oeuvre. A student of the great Neoclassical artist, Ingres, he created a painting technique that boasts an unsurpassed degree of finish and luminous coloration, distinctive hallmarks of the French Academy. Bouguereau's handling of the female figure displays an especially unique sensitivity; his tender paintings of mothers, children and young girls are among his finest creations.

Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses and he became one of the most decorated artists of the 19th century. He received medals from the Salons and Universal Expositions, successive ranks in the prestigious Legion of Honor, and was the leading member of the Institute of France and President of the Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. His art never deviated from the basic principles of Academic training and he so dominated the Salons of the Third Republic that the official Salon became known as 'Le Salon Bouguereau.'

Arguably one of the finest painters of the human form in all of art history, Bouguereau's figures come to life in unprecedented ways.  He was a master at human anatomy and also managed to capture the nuances of personality and mood. In addition to the accolades of the art world, Bouguereau received many prestigious commissions to decorate public buildings including the Grand Thétre, Bordeaux and the chapels of Sainte Clothilde, Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Augustin, Paris. He also painted decorations for private mansions of the property entrepreneurs in Paris and La Rochelle. Bouguereau's paintings are immensely popular in the United States evidenced by the fact that his works can be found in a number of public and private collections across the country.  SInce 1960 his values on the art market have exploded, along with his increasing popularity, commanding incredibly high prices at auction.

Dated 1868

Canvas: 40 3/4" high x 29" wide
Frame: 50" high x 38 1/2" wide

  This painting is included in the Bouguereau catalogue raisonné  by Damien Bartoli and Fred Ross of the Bouguereau Committee and the Art Renewal Center. 

  Provenance:
with Goupil, 1868 (purchased directly from the artist)
Van Gogh, 1868 (acquired from the above)
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida
Private collection, USA

  Literature:
Damien Bartoli and Fred Ross, William Bouguereau: CatalogueRaisonne, Volume I, page 184, plate 81;
  C. Vendryes, Dictionnaire illustre des Beaux-Arts; Bouguereau, Paris, 1885 p.38
M. Vachon, W. Bouguereau, Paris, 1900, p. 149
M.S. Walker, A Summary Catalogue of the Paintings in William Adolphe Bouguereau: l'Art Pompier, Borghi & Co., New York, 1991, p. 67

  Artist's Museums:
  Louvre, Paris
Musée d'Orsay
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery, London
Boston Museum of Fine Art
Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco

Artist's Exhibitions:
Salon, Paris (Jury Member)
Exhibition Universelle, Paris
Société des Artistes Français (President)

References:
  Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
  The Random House Dictionary of Art and Artists, Random House, 1988
19th-Century Art, Robert Rosenblum & H.W. Janson, 1984

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