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'Bouguereau & America' Exhibition


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until March 15, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $8 - $15

William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s portrayal of beauty captivated a nation. "Bouguereau & America" showcases his traditional use of composition, form and subject matter, bringing to life paintings of goddesses, heroes, shepherdesses and nymphs.

American art collectors and societies wealthiest were drawn to Bouguereau’s style of work for his ability to portray the less fortunate in an idyllic and timeless setting, particularly during the late 1800s through the early 20th century during the rise of industrialization.

Due to his remarkable popularity, Bouguereau’s work became fundamental in the formation of many U.S. art museums’ collections. Despite having been sought after for his flawless technique and sensual themes, Bouguereau’s reputation declined with the introduction of Impressionism.

This exhibition reexamines the work of this long-neglected artist and allows a view unencumbered by a modernist bias. "Bouguereau & America" is the first exhibition in nearly 30 years to bring together many of the most important works of this French academic artist.

The exhibition runs Nov. 9, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: Closed
Friday* 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
*Please check the calendar for exceptions due to special events.

Admission: $8-$15

For more information, visit or call 619.232.7931

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