"Psyche And Love Flying To Olympus. Glazed Porcelain Plate After Bouquereau"Lovely oval-shaped porcelain plate with enamelled decoration incorporating the famous painting by William Bougereau `` Psyche and Love, 1889 '' currently kept at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, work circa 1890-1900. It is the representation of Psyche, and his journey to Olympus, the divine kingdom. Oval plate in very good condition and very good quality: 15 x 18 cm William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 - 1905), won 1st prize in Rome in 1850. In 1866, the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel took care of his career and allows the artist to sell several paintings to private clients. He was thus enormously successful with American buyers, to the point that in 1878, during the first retrospective of his painting for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, the State could only collect twelve works, the rest of his production being located in the United States. He also signed a contract with the Goupil publishing house for the sale of engraved reproductions of his works. Professor in 1888 at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and at the Académie Julian, his genre paintings, realistic or on mythological themes are exhibited annually at the Salon for the duration of his career. He also worked on major decorative works, notably for the hotel by François Bartholoni, and also painted the ceiling of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. In 1876, he became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, but the following year was marked by successive mourning with the death of two of his children, then of his wife. In 1885, he was elected president of the Taylor Foundation, a position he held until the end of his life. The same year, he obtained the medal of honor at the Salon. Bouguereau married, in second marriage, one of his students, the painter Elizabeth Jane Gardner. The painter uses his influence to allow women access to many artistic institutions in France. He died on August 19, 1905 in La Rochelle, leaving an only daughter (of his first wife), who married a M. Vincens. In his realistic genre paintings, he uses mythological themes, modern interpretations of classic subjects, emphasizing the female human body. During his life, he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, received many official honors, and the best prices for his work. Bouguereau was a diligent painter, often completing twenty or more easel paintings in a single year. Even during the twilight years of his life, he got up at dawn to work on his paintings six days a week and would continue painting until nightfall. Throughout his life, he is known to have painted at least 822 paintings. Many of these paintings have been lost, and many of his works are now preserved in museums around the world.