The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau

The Birth of Venus

(Die Geburt der Venus)

William Adolphe Bouguereau

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The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau
1879   ·  Öl auf Leinwand  ·  Picture ID: 654236
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The painting "The Birth of Venus" by William Adolphe Bouguereau belongs to the flow of realism. The figures, centered on Venus, the goddess of love, are depicted in a photo-realistic manner. Venus sees - standing in a shell - the light of the world. Thus, Bouguereau leans on earlier depictions of the goddess of love, as they have been known since antiquity and the Middle Ages. In the background of the scene there are angels rising to the sky. Venus is surrounded by several men and women who are frolicking in the water. In the foreground two more angels can be seen together with a dolphin.

In addition to the lifelike depiction of humans, angels and goddesses of love, the painting delights with an exciting color contrast in blue and yellow tones. The complementary colors give the picture depth and make it more lively. Sky and water come in a variety of shades of blue, while the hair of the female figures and angels and the skin of the figures in fine gold and yellow tones change. The hairstyle of the men and the dolphin are held in a deep blue-black.

Bouguereau mainly drew nudes based on classical and antique models, of which "The Birth of Venus" is regarded as the most important painting of the French painter. The scene looks erotic; since he used for the nude representation of a classic scene, his presentation was considered morally unacceptable. The Aphrodite of Kyrene, which can be found today in the Thermenmuseum in Rome, served as a direct model for this painting. He made his Venus even more erotic with sprawling hips and a sensual arm and head posture. Bouguereau is known for his photo-realistic painting technique and is one of the most gifted representatives of realism in France. The painting dates back to 1879. His paintings always have a very lively effect, because he amplifies the movements of the body and thus brings more dynamism into his depictions. The various groups of figures - angels in the background, people around Venus and angels with dolphins in the foreground - underline the dynamics of the scene in an impressive way. And skillfully emphasize the central figure Venus. © Meisterdrucke
The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau

The Birth of Venus

(Die Geburt der Venus)

William Adolphe Bouguereau

Realism  ·  Female nude  ·  Our favourites
woman · love · divinity · seashell · kids · nude · white · clouds · water · representation
The Birth of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau
1879   ·  Öl auf Leinwand  ·  Picture ID: 654236
   Add to favorites
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The painting "The Birth of Venus" by William Adolphe Bouguereau belongs to the flow of realism. The figures, centered on Venus, the goddess of love, are depicted in a photo-realistic manner. Venus sees - standing in a shell - the light of the world. Thus, Bouguereau leans on earlier depictions of the goddess of love, as they have been known since antiquity and the Middle Ages. In the background of the scene there are angels rising to the sky. Venus is surrounded by several men and women who are frolicking in the water. In the foreground two more angels can be seen together with a dolphin.

In addition to the lifelike depiction of humans, angels and goddesses of love, the painting delights with an exciting color contrast in blue and yellow tones. The complementary colors give the picture depth and make it more lively. Sky and water come in a variety of shades of blue, while the hair of the female figures and angels and the skin of the figures in fine gold and yellow tones change. The hairstyle of the men and the dolphin are held in a deep blue-black.

Bouguereau mainly drew nudes based on classical and antique models, of which "The Birth of Venus" is regarded as the most important painting of the French painter. The scene looks erotic; since he used for the nude representation of a classic scene, his presentation was considered morally unacceptable. The Aphrodite of Kyrene, which can be found today in the Thermenmuseum in Rome, served as a direct model for this painting. He made his Venus even more erotic with sprawling hips and a sensual arm and head posture. Bouguereau is known for his photo-realistic painting technique and is one of the most gifted representatives of realism in France. The painting dates back to 1879. His paintings always have a very lively effect, because he amplifies the movements of the body and thus brings more dynamism into his depictions. The various groups of figures - angels in the background, people around Venus and angels with dolphins in the foreground - underline the dynamics of the scene in an impressive way. And skillfully emphasize the central figure Venus. © Meisterdrucke
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Other art prints by William Adolphe Bouguereau
The Secret The toilet of Venus The Flagellation of Christ The youth of Bacchus The youth of Bacchus, 1884. Nymphs and Satyr The Remorse of Orestes The Birth of Venus Girl with a pomegranate The Birth of Venus A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros After the Bath At the Foot of the Cliff (The Storm Youth and Love The Little Beggar (1880)
Other art prints by William Adolphe Bouguereau
The Secret The toilet of Venus The Flagellation of Christ The youth of Bacchus The youth of Bacchus, 1884. Nymphs and Satyr The Remorse of Orestes The Birth of Venus Girl with a pomegranate The Birth of Venus A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros After the Bath At the Foot of the Cliff (The Storm Youth and Love The Little Beggar (1880)
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Female Nude Nude Lying on the Back Lady Godiva Judith II, 1909, by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), 178x41 cm, Detail Fairy te Miti (By the Sea) 1892 Angelica in Chains, 1859 Venus and Cupid, 1785 Bathers Pygmalion and Galatea Reclining Nude (Isabella), 1906 (charcoal on paper) The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania Vanity, central panel from the Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, c.1485 In Memoriam The Birth of Venus, 1874 Bather Seated on a Rock, 1882
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Female Nude Nude Lying on the Back Lady Godiva Judith II, 1909, by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), 178x41 cm, Detail Fairy te Miti (By the Sea) 1892 Angelica in Chains, 1859 Venus and Cupid, 1785 Bathers Pygmalion and Galatea Reclining Nude (Isabella), 1906 (charcoal on paper) The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania Vanity, central panel from the Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, c.1485 In Memoriam The Birth of Venus, 1874 Bather Seated on a Rock, 1882
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