b. at La Rochelle, 1825. When very young, after passing through the college at pons, where he showed an aptitude for drawing, Bouguereau was placed in a business house in Bordeaux. While there he attended, two hours a day, the drawing-school of M. Alaux. Treated contemptuously by his fellow students on account of his unaristocratic business connections, Bouguereau neverthe- less took the first prize at the end of the year, the award causing such excitement in the school that a riot was the consequence. Bouguereau then resolved to turn his attention to art, and after he had earned sufficient money by painting portraits at saintouge, where his uncle was a priest, he went to Paris and entered the studio of picot, and later, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, where his progress was rapid. He gained the Prix de Rome, and then studied in Rome. He is now a member of the Institute of France, an officer of the Legion of Honor, and has taken many medals, medal of honor, Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1878. " Bourguereau always exhibits three qualities which justify his reputation, knowledge, taste, and refinement. - Rene Meynard." [P. 10-11.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.