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Friday, January 14, 2011

Nymphs and Satyr

My profile pic is one by a favorite artist of mine.  I have a couple of prints of his work hanging about the house. Many of his pieces have more subtle hints of eroticism than this.  I've been told the Nymphs painting represents a 'typical male fantazie'.  Well, I'm not so sure about that, but anyway, below is a little  history of the artist.  I love the bit about Renoir.  No wonder.

Adolphe William Bouguereau

(1825 La Rochelle, France - 1905 La Rochelle, France)

Along with Alexandre Cabanel, William-Adolphe Bouguereau was the most influential upholder of the conservative values of French academic art in his day. His paintings stress those values: precise drawing, contour, and finish, along with strict adherence to the rules of anatomy, perspective, academic modeling, and physiognomic expression in which internal character is revealed by outward appearance. An heir of Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Bouguereau's subjects included Classical, mythological, allegorical, or Orientalist themes, as well as contemporary history. Most of his works were popularly known through engravings.

From 1843 to 1850, Bouguereau studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, winning the Prix de Rome in 1850. When he returned from Rome, Bouguereau decorated several great houses, drawing his inspiration from the frescoes at Pompeii and Herculaneum. He was awarded a medal of honor at the Paris exhibition of 1878 and in the 1885 Salon. Bouguereau's academic renderings were highly regarded by many of his contemporaries, but they were exactly what the Impressionists rebelled against. When Pierre-Auguste Renoir was being fitted with new glasses to correct his myopia, he threw the spectacles on the floor, crying: Bon Dieu, je vois comme Bouguereau! ("Good God, I see like Bouguereau!")


  1. I quite like the idea of being waylaid by nymphs - but what you can't see from the picture is that while the stayr was asleep, the fitted him with a magical chastity device originally intended for Prometheus...

  2. Hah, i couldn't care less about them Satyrs. Slimy creatures, faint-hearted, and cowardly stalking us women. They're cousins of Gollum and Goat boy, if u know what i'm saying.

    To ease the pain, watch this :)

  3. John William Waterhouse. I love his work. Great stuff Ayesha! Thank you for sharing.