On Display

William A. Bouguereau: The Academic Tradition Personified

The Water Girl

For the beginning of our new year 2013, Helen Majdalany, of the Marshall University Theatre Department, presents “William A. Bouguereau: The Academic Tradition Personified." French artist Bouguereau, (1825-1905), was "a successful proponent" of the academic style and "ranked among the most commercially successful painters of the 19th century."  He was known for his great "technical facility" and his "ability to create paintings whose polished surfaces, nuanced lighting, and delicate tints achieve an almost photographic" appearance.  Courtesy of prints from the Dahesh Museum, we invite you to come by and enjoy many of his paintings on display this month at the John Deaver Drinko Library.

While there, you might enjoy learning more about the Academic Art style of painting and artists from the Academic Style.  Resources are available in our Art books collection housed also on 3rd floor.  In addition, please try our new Summon webscale discovery service to find available print and online resources in one easy search and learn more about Bouguereau and the Academic Tradition.

The William A. Bouguereau display may be viewed during the months of January and February on 3rd floor of the Drinko Library.  For further information, contact Paris Webb, Digital Resources/Systems Support Librarian.  (01-17-2013)

Visitors with mobile devices equipped with QR (quick read) scanners can scan the codes attached to each display case for more information about the display, Bouguereau, or the Academic Art Tradition.

Information from "Bouguereau, William." Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2009 and   "William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)." Dahesh Museum, 2013.

A list of additional resources provided by Ms. Majdalany is available here.

Need to know how to pronounce the artist's name as the French would? Click here.