Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Spinner

The Spinner, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
The Spinner, William-Adolphe Bouguereau; larger version here

Somehow, despite my fondness for nineteenth century academic art, I can’t get all goggle-eyed and worshipful of Bouguereau the way they do over at the Art Renewal Center. Neither do I jump on the bandwagon of reviling him as facile and shallow, or as an enemy of the Impressionists (which he was).

I do, however, recognize him as a very good painter, particularly at his most direct.

See my previous post on William-Adolphe Bouguereau.


8 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Spinner”

  1. The treatment of the clothing is sic! I have suffered (!?!) with ADD since my youth and I am blown away just by other commitment alone. I, much like yourself, don’t worship Mr. Bouguereau as others might but I can certainly appreciate the masterful workmanship and quality of his craft. What a painting!

  2. I am not sure if he was “enemy of the Impressionists”. Perhaps he was, but I remember reading an interview with B. in which he said something like “I do not have anything against them. I just do not see the world as they see it. That’s all.”

  3. You know, when ever i see a Bouguereau he reminds me of what Daniel Parkhurst says in his classic book. Seeing values properly involves being able to see into a fourth dimension. Bouguereau, reminds me of that statement. Then you can go on and talk about his statement of anatomy and love for beauty of innocence. It must have been a real privilege to have been able take a few lessons from him..:) WHatever that meant back in the 19th centtury.

  4. I know his work fell out of favor with much of the art world . . . but I can’t help devouring his work with my eyes. I can stand in front of his paintings for hours.

    For me, his paintings are the ultimate eye candy! I am in complete awe of his technical mastery, his choice of subjects, his palette . . . . well . . . everything. While I hear it said that anyone can learn the techniques, I don’t think I could ever, ever come even remotely close to being able to being able to produce a painting in his league no matter how much time I devoted to practicing.

    He is definitely one of the artists I wish I could go back in time and watch work! Thanks for sharing, Charlie! :)

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