Bouguereau & His Milieu
In the 1950s, the art establishment had a rather narrow view of art and art history. When abstract art was at its peak, Hudson River School paintings by Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt were considered too realistic, too tightly painted and photographic and were often deacessioned by museums and largely ignored by collectors. Similarly, William Bouguereau was customarily derided in art-history lectures. Then along came an artistic revolution; starting with Pop Art and Andy Warhol—who owned a painting by Bouguereau—the canons of art started to broaden.