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William-Adolphe Bouguereau on Passion and Vocation

William-Adolphe Bouguereau ( November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter.

Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come… My work is not only a pleasure, it has become a necessity. No matter how many other things I have in my life, if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable.