(1825 - 1905)
Born in La Rochelle, France,?Bouguereau attended high school in Pons and in 1842 entered the Municipal School of Drawing and Painting at Bordeaux. In 1846 he moved to Paris and was accepted into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Studies in Rome from 1850 to 1854 Bouguereau was appointed professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1875. In 1896 in his second marriage he wedded Elizabeth Jane Gardner, an American painter and longtime friend and pupil. He died in 1905 at his home in La Rochelle.