This spring the IMA welcomed a highly desired new acquisition to the European collection. Dream of Spring by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, one of the most successful artists of late 19th-century France, holds center stage in the European galleries. Bouguereau was the quintessential traditional academic painter, specializing in exquisitely drawn, beautiful women and irresistible children. His idealized style and romantic subjects made Bouguereau a favorite of collectors in America as well as Europe.
Philanthropist and business woman Bren Simon gave the IMA this magnificent work on the occasion of the Museum’s 125th Anniversary. Measuring more than 6 feet by 4 feet wide, the composition depicts a young woman seated at a woodland fountain, attended by three cherubs bearing flowers and the arrows of love.
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