The Aphrodite of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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The Aphrodite of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Postby Marshall on July 20th, 2015, 9:23 pm 

I was recently made aware of the painting of Aphrodite by Bouguereau, a neoclassical French painter who lived from 1825 to 1905. Bouguereau was disliked by the Impressionists, who were getting away from the Neoclassical style. I was struck by the beauty of the painting which is just head and shoulders and looked to me like the portrait of a contemporary woman, not the picture of a goddess. Wanted to share it
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As opposed to Venus, say...

Postby violet on July 24th, 2015, 2:40 pm 

That is a sublime beautious Aphrodite, very modern as you say. Now look at this wonderful Rousseauesque version by Ruud van Empel, called Venus 5. I love contrasts that illuminate transcendence from different angles, so to speak.

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