Spring Breeze (1895). Adolphe William Bouguereau (French, Realism, Academic, 1825-1905). Oil on canvas.
Along with Cabanel, Bouguereau was the most influential upholder of the conservative values of French academic art in his day. His paintings stress those values: precise drawing, contour, and finish, along with strict adherence to the rules of anatomy, perspective, academic modeling, and physiognomic expression in which internal character is revealed by outward appearance.