05 avril 2011

"Reconsidering Bouguereau: An Artistic Revolution" @ Hirschl & Adler Gallery

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), La palme (The Palm Frond), 1894. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 22 1/2 in.   In the 1950s, the art establishment had a rather narrow view of art and art history. When abstract art was at its peak, Hudson River School paintings by Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt were considered too realistic, too tightly painted and photographic and were often deacessioned by museums and largely ignored by collectors. Similarly, William Bouguereau was customarily derided in art-history lectures. Then... [Lire la suite]