William-Adolphe Bouguereau & The Birth of Venus

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau

French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) married two opposites: photo-realism and mythical subjects. Known for his highly accurate representations of the human body, and in particular the often venerated female form, Bouguereau gave life to Classical figures with his paintings of Venus, Virgil, The Virgin, and other epic figures. A Realist painter in an era of Impressionists, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s works are … Read More

Hudson River School Painter Albert Bierstadt at New York Art Gallery

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Artist Albert Bierstadt

After Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase and Westward Expansion had begun, Manifest Destiny arose: the idea that moving to the frontier offered a beacon of light in gaining independence and wealth. German-American painter Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), became a part of the movement across the Great West, and his work is considered a representation of that journey. Bierstadt’s paintings depicted the … Read More