Admiration (1897) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Admiration - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - 1897

Artwork Information

ArtistWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions200 x 147 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationSan Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, US

About Admiration

The artwork titled “Admiration” is a creation of artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau, completed in the year 1897. This oil on canvas reflects Bouguereau’s commitment to the Academicism movement, which emphasized the traditional standards of beauty and mastery of technique prevalent during the 19th century. With dimensions of 200 x 147 cm, this genre painting resides in the San Antonio Museum of Art located in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

“Admiration” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau depicts a tender and intimate scene of six figures situated in an idyllic outdoor setting, bathed in a soft, diffused light that highlights their youthful skin and graceful postures. At the center, a young child is playfully held aloft by two women on either side, serving as the focal point of admiration among the group. The surrounding figures, all females of varying ages, are engaged in a close interaction with the child, exuding a sense of nurturing affection and composed attention.

The figures are depicted with the sensual, idealized naturalism characteristic of Bouguereau’s work. Drapery in shades of white, blue, and ochre envelops the women, with the careful rendering of the folds enhancing the realistic portrayal while also serving to direct the viewer’s eye across the composition. The gentle expression of emotions and the soft interplay of light and shade display Bouguereau’s technical prowess and his ability to capture the fleeting nuances of human expression and interaction.

The backdrop of lush greenery and hints of architectural structures provides a serene atmosphere that contrasts with the warm, vivid flesh tones and emphasizes the idealized beauty of the figures. The tranquil ambience and harmonious arrangement of elements within “Admiration” embody the aesthetic values of Bouguereau’s era and the particular tenets of the Academic art style.

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