. William Bouguereau (vijɑ̃ buɡəʁo) was a traditionalist; in his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of Classical
subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle
, France on November 30, 1825, into a family of wine and olive oil merchants.
One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir! As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the finish. There's only one kind of painting. It is the painting that presents the eye with perfection, the kind of beautiful and impeccable enamel you find in Paolo Veronese|Veronese and Titian. (1895)