Saturday, 20 December 2008

Bouguereau's Battle

William-Adolphe Bouguereau - The Battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths (1852)The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, USA, has acquired this early work by William-Adolphe Bouguereau: The Battle between the Centaurs and Lapiths (1852). Such is the Anti-art Establishment's mindless rejection of academic paintings that the curator and director at the VMFA both feel the need to justify buying this masterpiece (title link). Ignorant art pundits have popularized the misguided view that Bouguereau was merely a French Victorian genre painter. Okay, he painted lots of cute little girls with flowers in their hair, because an artist must make a living and that's what his public wanted; but don't tell me he wasn't a brilliant artist. He captured subtle skin tones better than any artist before or since, and this powerful battle scene holds its own in a lineage of dramatic works that stems from Uccello and Leonardo da Vinci, passes through Caravaggio and Rubens to Boris Vallejo in the present day. This is Art. To view a larger graphic CLICK.


At 21/12/08, Blogger Robert said...

Thanks for finding this picture, very "useful", I had not seen it before.

At 21/12/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Robert

It's new to me too. I hadn't seen it until ArtDaily published the picture. And what a great painting, full of drama, beautifully composed and with heroic anatomy worthy of Michelangelo. I assume it's been languishing in a private collection until the VMFA bought it. A treasure like this locked away from public viewing!

To belittle this masterpiece as "academic" and to virtually apologize for buying it! The art world really is in an upside-down state of psychotic confusion!

At least it will finally go on public display, and the image is now out on the Internet.

At 15/1/09, Blogger Janice Poster said...

That's an amazing work of art by William Bouguereau. Also check out Printable Artwork in PDF Format here.

At 16/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Janice

Yes, it's a cracker. Glad you like it. Thanks for the link. So far, the best website I've found for Bouguereau's art is, ironically, a Chinese website that specializes in reproductions. I can't recall the site, but I think you'll find it on my Silver Surfer Winners Page: CLICK

At 23/1/09, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The painting was owned by a relative of Bouguereau. It had been offered for sale for a while in New York, but without much interest. Apparently the wall against Bouguereau is slowly crumbling.

At 23/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Thanks for that interesting comment. The sooner the wall crumbles the better. Anti-art establishments on both side of the Atlantic have been trashing great artists and promoting tripe for far too long.

At 4/1/10, Blogger Allison said...

I found your comment "To belittle this masterpiece as "academic" and to virtually apologize for buying it!" funny. This is an academic painting.

At 4/1/10, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Allison

The Anti-art Establishments on both sides of the Atlantic are dismissive of "academic" art. They're talking through their hats. This was the high spot of traditional art. It's been all downhill ever since.


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