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The Art Journal (1905)

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The Art Journal (1905)

Bouguereau's death in 1905 was mentioned briefly in the 1905 edition of The Art Journal, p.349

The Art Journal (1905)

Bouguereau's death in 1905 was mentioned briefly in the 1905 edition of The Art Journal, p.349:

"Strangely enough, though William Adolphe Bouguereau, who died a few weeks ago at his birthplace, La Rochelle, was a fairly regular exhibitor at Burlington House, where his pictures, “faultily faultless” in draughtsmanship, were always welcomed by the public, he was not one of the Foreign Academicians. At the last election of the kind, in January, 1904, M. Bouguereau, who had shortly before vacated the Presidentship of the Société des Artistes Francais, was one of three French painters nominated. M. Léon Bonnat headed the poll, while MM. Bouguereau and Dagnan Bouveret went unrecognized. Apropos of his ‘Vierge Consolatrice,’ for which the French Government paid 12,000 francs in 1876, an interesting question was raised in the French Courts. Relying on the fact that the whole work was public property, and hence could be reproduced, a maker of enameled plaques copied the head and bust. It was decided that he had no right thus to use portions for such purposes. Bouguereau’s detractors have unkindly likened his Madonnas to perfumed Ary Scheffers."