Description: Acclaimed French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) penned and signed this brief letter in which he mentions his new students at the Académie Julian, the private art school where Bouguereau taught.
The Académie Julian was founded in 1868 by Rodolphe Julian (1839-1907), a French painter who studied under Léon Cogniet and Alexandre Cabanel. Julian’s school was open to foreign students and women, two groups of people that often had difficulty in entering official art academies. Bouguereau taught at this inclusive school for decades, influencing numerous artists, including Henri Matisse, who rebelled against Bouguereau’s academic style.
Bouguereau is remembered for his realistic genre paintings that often had mythological themes and featured nude women. His paintings are included in the collections of numerous venerable art institutions such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Clark Art Institute.
Written in French on a 5 1/8” x 4” piece of Bouguereau’s personal stationery. It is blind-stamped with “WB” at the top and is edged in black, indicating he was in mourning. His first wife died in 1877, so ostensibly, this letter was written around that date. Item #A00943.
Condition: Fold line, otherwise in very good condition with a bold, neatly flourished signature.