- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist; Translation edition (June 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1851497331
- ISBN-13: 978-1851497331
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.9 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Bouguereau: His Life and Works Translation Edition
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William Bouguereau : His Life and Works is a thick tome of an art book documenting the French academic painter's biography and lifetime of work, with over 500 pages of art work covering some 750 paintings in total.
The biggest draw of this book is the huge amount of reproductions collected, art work presented are mostly printed on individual pages and not spread across 2, which retains the integrity of the art work and allows for great appreciation. Colors can be a little over saturated and punchy, and some can be more crisp, but overall the quality is still great.
Technical note : There are numerous customer reviews on Amazon ( dated 2011 ) noting the weak binding used for the book, but this doesn't not seem to afflict the 2014 edition. My own observation is that the spine can be thicker for a book of such substantial size to make the build sturdier, but I don't consider it a "fatal" flaw; certainly not serious enough to pass up such a great collection of Bouguereau's work.
On another note, Amazon's item page lists the book's page count at 400 pages, which is incorrect. The book is 530 pages.
At the time of writing this review I do not believe there are any other art books on Bouguereau that comes close to the scope and sheer quantity of art work covered in this huge volume. My highest recommendations.
The book cover that is used is a black canvas textured paper. It's imitation to the black, canvas like cloth used in Singapore to bind the John Singer Sargent books or the two volume set of N.C. Wyeth. The Bouguereau book is heavy and with more than 500 pages the cover should be made with sturdier material that can withstand the size and weight.