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Nymphs and Satyr, by William Bouguereau (Detail)
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RC is pleased to announce that 100 two volume sets of the Bouguereau Biography and Catalogue Raisonné are being donated to ARC approved ateliers, reference libraries, and museums, so that art students and art lovers around the world will have access to this monumental book.

The book itself is the conclusion of a 30 year effort by a small determined team of 19th Century Art experts. The Catalog Raisonné which was jointly published by the Art Renewal Center® and the Antique Collectors Club, is a two-volume boxed set which illustrates the complete oeuvre of this great master, including information on all of William Bouguereau's 828 known paintings, as well as the entire 600 page biography written by Damien Bartoli, with Fred Ross, ARC Chairman and President of the Bouguereau Committee.

The huge scope of Bouguereau's work was immensely famous and popular in his own time and then was suppressed for nearly a century, resurfacing in 1980 when the Met hung 2 of his works. His popularity has gained momentum steadily ever since, and today he is widely recognized as the most popular and beloved of the Academic artists who preceded Impressionism. His diverse work spans monumental religious and mythical compositions, but most beloved are his deeply touching scenes exploring the depths of human emotion from early childhood through young adulthood. His poetic renderings of the psychology of youth are married to impeccable technical perfection, found in an unparalleled number of original and powerful masterpieces.

Below is a list of all book donations to date, we still have 27 left to go out and are currently compiling a list of Libraries and Museums that are still missing this monumental work:

Academy of Realist Art, Boston MA
Academy of Realist Art, Toronto
Adrian Gottlieb Studio & Atelier
Angel Academy of Art
Ani Art Academy Waichulis
Aristides Classical Atelier
Atelier BACAA
Atelier Canova
Atelier Dualis
Atelier Florence Academy of Art, Italy
Atelier Florence Academy of Art, Sweden
Atelier Indiana
Atelier Madrid
Atelier Maui
Atelier School of Classical Realism/LA
Barcelona Academy of Art
Barcelona Atelier of Realist Art
Beaux-Arts Atelier
Bohemiarte School and Gallery
Charles H. Cecil Studios
Chiaroscuro Studio of Art
Georgetown Atelier
Gold Light Studios
Golden Gate Atelier
Grand Central Academy of Art
Hein Academy of Art
Ingbretson Studio of Drawing & Painting
LAAFA: Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
Lafayette Atelier
Laguna College of Art & Design, School of Fine Art
Lausanne Collegiate School: The Michelangelo Project
Lavender Hill Studios
L'ecole Albert Defois
London Atelier of Representational Art
Long Island Academy of Fine Art
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Magrath Sculpture Atelier at Gage Academy of Art
New York Academy of Art
Old Masters Atelier
Ravenswood Atelier
Russian Academy of Art
Sadie Valeri Atelier
Studio Incamminati
Teaching Studios of Art, Brooklyn
Teaching Studios of Art, Oyster Bay
Texas Academy of Figurative Art
The Academy of Fine Art
The Art Students League of New York
The Atelier: Studio Program of Fine Art
The Center for Academic Study CAS
The Harlem Studio of Art
The Ryder Studio
The School of Representational Art
The Schuler School of Fine Arts
The Southern Atelier
Watts Atelier of the Arts, LLC
The Swedish Academy of Realist Art - Atelier Stockholm
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Westminster Reference Library, Great Britain
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, VT
Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
St. Gregory's University, James J Kelly Library, Shawnee, OK
Seattle Art Museum Library, Seattle, WA
Denver Art Museum Library, Denver, CO
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library, Richmond, VA
College of Central Florida Library, Ocala, FL
The British Library, London, UK
The New York Historical Society, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New York, NY
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Kimbell Art Museum Library, Fort Worth, TX
University of California, Arts Library, Santa Barbara, CA

Other Major Libraries we have identified as having the Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné

Brown Fine Arts Library, Houston, TX
Clark Museum Library, Williamstown, MA
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (Ingalls Library and Museum Archives)
Columbia University Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, New York, NY
Cornell Fine Arts Library, Ithaca, NY
The Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has a copy for visitors to view in their book store.
Frick Art Museum and Library, New York, NY
H. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Jean Outland Chrysler Library, Norfolk, VA
The Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives, Cincinnati, OH
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Memorial Art Center, University of Rochester, NY
National Art Library V&A, London, UK
National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, D.C.
The New York Public Library, New York, NY
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Saint Louis Art Museum Library, Saint Louis, MO
Spencer Art Reference Library, Kansas City, MO
Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY
Thomas J. Watson Library, New York, NY
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (UCLA Arts Library)
University of Michigan Fine Arts Library, Ann Arbor, MI
The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library and The W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Thank You Letters
From The Recipients

August 5, 2013

Dear Mr. Ross,

I am happy to report that the two volume work on William Bouguereau arrived safely. They are stunning volumes, despite the necessity of having several black and white images. This undoubtedly is the most complete work on Bouguereau ever. Though he is not 'in fashion' these days, his works are remarkable. Having worked at the Getty Museum for many years in the past, I recall viewing his work, "Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros" with pleasure. This set is a wonderful addition to the collection.

We are most grateful to you for this gift to our collection. Your generosity is much appreciated and works such as this have made the Arts Library an excellent resource for students, scholars, professors and independent researchers.

Wdith kind regards,
Susan Malkoff Moon
Head, Arts Library
University of California, Santa Barbara

July 24, 2013

We received our books this morning I cannot thank you and the ARC enough they are BEAUTIFUL! My students marveled at them and will no doubt use them as references and valuable sources of inspiration in the future. Thank you all for the work you do!

Erin Anderson
Atelier Dualis

April 19, 2012

We very much appreciate being contacted about your donation. We would love to receive the beautiful books that you are offering to us. They will certainly be a welcome addition to our collection, and we probably would not be able to acquire them through purchase due to our limited budget.

Anita Semtner
Director of the James J Kelly Library, St. Gregory's University
associated with the Mabee Gerrer Museum, Shawnee, Oklahoma.

The Museum owns the painting Réflexion, by William Bouguereau

January 5, 2012

Thank you so much for sending the Georgetown Atelier those absolutely wonderful Bouguereau books. They are a real treasure and a great resource to learn from! There are a couple Bougereau works that we have here in Seattle at the Frye, and it's been great being able to take our class to see those works in person and also have those catalogues to refer to in tandem.

Thanks again,
Tenaya Sims
Georgetown Atelier

September 25, 2011

I am a third year student at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, WA. Our instructor, Tenaya Sims, brought in the beautiful addition of the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonne that you offered our school. As a student it is not in my means at this time to purchase such a definitive work of one the finest French painters. I have admired his work at Orsay and our local musem, the Frye. However to have all his works available to study, page after page, is a sheer delight.

Thank you for your generous gift to our atelier library. I am so very appreciative of the dedication, long hours and effort it took to bring this book to print.

Courtney Estevenin
Georgetown Atelier

Thank you so much for your letter and the books. Gage was on vacation and it took me longer than expected to receive the package.

The books were a wonderful surprise. We are very grateful to have received them. They are treasures for our school. I also appreciate the article by David Stork; it's brilliant. It will be required reading for my incoming students.

My deepest thank you for the beautiful books. Art Renewal is doing great work.

With my Best Wishes,
Juliette Aristides
Aristides Classical Atelier

August 2, 2011

We received a nice "little" surprise here at the studio today, a surprise weighing in at about thirty pounds. Our own copy of the Bouguereau catalogue! This is an absolutely astounding resource of Bouguereau, and my students and I will treasure it forever.

Adrian Gottlieb
Adrian Gottlieb Studio and Atelier

August 3, 2011

THE BOUGUEREAU BOOK!!!! YOU'RE KIDDING ME!!! OMG!!!! I've been looking at it on the website wishing I had enough money to get that! I'm one of the ones that has always lamented the fact that there were no decent books on Bouguereau. WOW!!!
Thank you so much! I'm shocked... but so happy! Wow!!

Best Regards,
Andrea Smith
Atelier Canova

August 6, 2011

Thank you so much for sending us your beautiful gift!!!
We have received it, it is absolutely gorgeous, great addition to our library!

Semyon Bilmes
Atelier Maui

August 1, 2011

We have received the volumes at both locations. They are simply splendid. They offer concrete proof of a more civilized age, when the skill of an artist matched his vision. The catalogue raisonné of Bouguereau will give our faculty and students something to aspire to. We are very gratefull for the gift.

Rob Zeller
Director, the Teaching Studios of Art

July 22, 2011

I look forward to receiving the Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonne to share with our students. Thank you for your consideration.

Best wishes,
Linda Dulaney
Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier LLC

July 22, 2011

Thank you for this generous gift of books. The students and staff will enjoy this chance to study and view these tremendous volumes of knowledge. I know that we will use them as reference from our Master Copy exercises to Final Portrait Projects, and everywhere in between.

Molly Johnson
Executive Director
Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art

July 30, 2011

We are extremely grateful for having been chosen to receive one of the Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonne. I had read about it on your site, but thought it might be far too presumptuous to ask for one, since we are all the way in London. We have indeed just acquired a new space as a student common room, which we have started to fill with important art reference books, and the Bouguereau catalogue would definitely need to be there! In order to fund my own art training, I worked part-time at Thomas Heneage Art Books in St James's for over ten years cataloguing art reference books and so have a huge passion for art monographs and exhibition catalogues.

Ann Witheridge
Lavender Hill Studios

August 4, 2011

Dear Fred and ARC,

What a wonderful surprise to receive the Bouguereau Biography and Catalogue Raisonné today! The atelier had been planning to buy it for our library when we could, but financially it kept being postponed. So your gift of these two beautiful books is a real gift to the atelier library and will be poured over by our students for years to come.

Thank you so much,
Dale Redpath, Cyd Wicker
The Atelier: Studio Program of Fine Art

July 27, 2011

I'm at a loss for words to express how grateful I am for your generosity. I've seen the Bouguereau books and they are beautifully done. Thank you so much.

Anthony Ryder
The Ryder Studio

August 4, 2011

We received our books this morning I cannot thank you and the ARC enough they are BEAUTIFUL! My students marveled at them and will no doubt use them as references and valuable sources of inspiration in the future. Thank you all for the work you do!

Rob Zeller
Teaching Studios of Art