Academic Art - Eternal; Continuation of the past
|Adolphe-William Bouguereau, Admiration,1897|
Academic Art was the art produced under the influence of the European academies, specifically the Academie des Beaux-Arts which was still under the movements of Neoclassicism of the late 18th century and Romanticism of the beginnings of the 19th century. Bougueruau's art reflects the synthesis of these earlier movements and is referred to as academic art.
Bouguereau did not experience this scene he has painted, it is an allegory he is creating on canvas, even the name suggests this. Women in his time did not dress this way and the painting is set in a classical setting. Everything is idealized and constructed out of his imagination. He modeled a grand moment that can last for many moments.
|Adoplhe-William Bouguereau, A Young girl Defending Herself Against Eros, 1880|
Modern Art - Transitory; Break with the past
|Claude Monet, Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil, 1875|
Monet was painting the world around him as he saw it. Everything in this painting is drawn from his life, his own experience... He depicts a real woman in a contemporary outfit, something that could be seen in the popular fashion magazines of the time, situated in a real place 'The Artist's Garden at Argenteuil'...