Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory
William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s birthday
Originally shared by Dirk Puehl
30 November 1825, #onthisday the French master of academic art William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle.
Vowing to never paint war is an endearing attitude, especially from a successful artist creating works of art in the manner of the best-established style in a time when glorifying war was socially and politically more than comme il faut, both in the visual arts as well as literature. Fortunately, not even during the nationality-crazed 19th century, gory charges, roaring broadsides and heroic last stands around shot-torn flags were to everyone’s taste as a permanent decoration for living quarters. Salon art found far different sujets to denote allegiance to bourgeois value propositions, usually in the half-draped female guise of allegories and scenes from morally valuable mythological or religious tales from days when walking around in one’s smallclothes or draped in bedclothes was, obviously, de rigeur. Pastoral scenes were not to be scoffed at either, especially if they showed shepherdesses and exotic girls carrying water jugs. And even if lines or glances of the mythological heroines turned out to be a bit too much on the racy side, they were still part of the canon of classical education, an inherent part of bourgeois self-conception back then, and thus acceptable.
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