He was born in La Rochelle, France on November 30, 1825. His family background was deeply blended with the business arena of wine and olive oil. It was his uncle Eugène who inspired and promoted him to enter the world of art.
At the studio of “Francois-Edouard Picot, he learned the academic style of painting. His masterful portraits of women were appreciated by many reviewers of that period. It was he who paved way for the French academies to women. He was a born perfectionist who treated classical art in the most appealing way. He gave cemented emphasis on the composition of his subjects, especially the human anatomy. His female oil paintings are known for its naturalistic beauty and amazing color elements.
Bouguereau’s works were completely filled with life and he was considered the best human figure artist of all times. He effectively captured the mood and nature of his subjects.
“Bouguereau captured the soul of youth”.