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Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Artist: William-Adolphe Bouguereau

(1825-1905) Popular in the USA and his own country during his life, the French painter was well-known for his focus on the female form. His work included reinterpretations of myths into more modern times.

At 14 he’d undertaken studies in the priesthood where he learned to paint and draw, but dropped out, choosing to become an artist.

He was very successful, creating more than 820 paintings in his lifetime, though critics suggested that he adapted his painting style to sit the tastes of the buying public.

Quote: “Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness, I can scarcely wait for the next morning to come … if I cannot give myself to my dear painting, I am miserable.”

Artist: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi

At a time when it was difficult for women artists to be recognised and accepted, Gentileschi had to fight other negative attitudes such as the claim that her first major painting at 17, was accomplished with the aid of her famous father, painter Orazio Gentileschi.

Strong women were a feature of her work, and of the 57 of her paintings, 94% were of this nature.

While there were several other talented artists before her, she was the first woman to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

Artist: Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, an American print-maker and landscape painter, was known for his artwork on marine subjects.

In his early career he worked as a commercial illustrator for 20 years, and later opened up his own studio. While he was already gifted i watercolour, he trained for just one year before producing oil paintings.

His artwork during the Civil War focussed on the war at home and its effect on women. After the war, many of his pieces were nostalgic, as if yearning for simpler times.