The Birth of Venus (1879) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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TitleThe Birth of Venus
ArtistWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions218 x 300 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, Louvre, Paris, France
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About The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus is a renowned painting created by French academic painter and traditionalist Adolphe-William Bouguereau in 1879. It depicts the goddess Venus being transported in a shell from the sea to Paphos in Cyprus. This masterpiece, originally commissioned for the Paris Salon, won the Grand Prix de Rome and showcases 22 fully worked-out figures.

The canvas of The Birth of Venus measures 9ft by 7ft and is currently housed in the Musée du Luxembourg. This artwork is considered a tour de force for Bouguereau, demonstrating his exceptional skills in painting realistic figures and his strong attention to detail. The artist portrays Venus as the epitome of beauty in our lives.

Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle in 1825 and was a prominent figure in the French art scene during the 19th century. The Birth of Venus highlights his love for traditional art techniques, portraying a realistic and idealized image of the goddess of love. Overall, this masterpiece stands as a prime example of Bouguereau’s meticulousness and mastery of the art of painting.

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