During late nineteenth century came a fine French 'Academic' painter of 'Realist' flavor, William-Adolphe Bouguereau or William Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905). As an artist, he was quite a disciplined person with a fruitful and rewarding career. William-Adolphe produced more than seven hundred complete paintings during his entire lifespan. The creator of "The Birth of Venus (La Naissance de Venus)," William Bouguereau adopted a systematic approach to his creations and worked upon them in stages. Various pencil outlining would follow a rough oil sketch. Not only did he himself reach the epitome of success, but William also took along many young French artists, who were struggling to chase a creative career because of financial constraints. Bouguereau's talent was definitely excellent, and its disgraceful that he has yet not been valued as much. In 1879, Bouguereau rewarded his artistic best to the world, one of the finest masterpieces of all times, "The Birth of Venus."
Set in a 299.7 cm x 217.8 cm (118" x 85 ¾") frame, William's painting is placed in the museum Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The compassion, with which William has rendered kids and the associated familial scenes in the painting, displays his technical proficiency and the obsession he had for classic work. He was also awarded the premier Grand Prix de Rome for "The Birth of Venus." This masterpiece portrays not the real birth of Venus from the ocean, but the hauling of Venus in a shell from the ocean to a place called Paphos in Cyprus. For the magician, it was truly a stunning success. We see the goddess of love and beauty, Venus, standing nude in the center of the image, on her platform made of seashell. A swarm of observers, including tritons, sea nymphs, and putti, who are admiring the beauty of the goddess, are shown surrounding her. The painting illustrates William-Adolphe's expertise at portraying totally painted figures.
The French painter earned a lot of name with his matchless precision for choosing the best material and attractive images with vivid colors. His work kept getting valued almost exponentially from 60s until the 90s. The reproduction of "The Birth of Venus" was sold for a whopping $3,520,000 at Christie's New York. Considering the level of talent, the skill, and the craft he held, "The Birth of Venus" is one of the leading federations of work any artist ever created.