Friday, April 12, 2013

Bouguereau • Outoor / Indoor

William-Adolphe Bouguereau 

Bouguereau often painted reductions of his popular paintings, either for reproduction (safer to send to the engravers) or sales to collectors on smaller budgets. The reductions were painted by the Master, his assistants, or both. Quite often the reductions slightly differ from the original. Le Sommeil is a more drastic example.

Le Sommeil, 1864 oil on canvas 153.7 cm x 119.4 cm ~ William-Adolphe Bouguereau
(tear sheet scan)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau  Le Sommeil, 1866 oil on canvas 61.6 by 51.4 cm

The reduction has an interesting provenance entry: Theo van Gogh, 1866 (acquired from Goupil's Amsterdam branch). Theo would have only been 9 years old in 1866! Was the painting actually purchased by Vincent and Theo's father, Theodorus van Gogh? 
…and from the same Goupil** branch at which Vincent would later work ~

**Adolphe Goupil, father-in-law of Jean-Léon Gérôme

Friday, April 5, 2013

Nymphs and Satyr, 1873 (details)

During a recent ramble thru the Met I chanced upon this tableau vivant…

looking at it now, I should have taken my snaps while standing on that bench (next time).

Nymphs and Satyr
William Bouguereau  (French 1825–1905)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Master Copy #12

Bouguereau after Inconnu

A preparatory drawing for the putto depicted in l'Apollon et les Muses (1869) a decoration for the ceiling of the Salon Gérard Boireau, Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. 

Based upon the face stylization, the pose, and the indicated staff, I am certain the drawing is after an Italian Renaissance image of the Infant Saint John the Baptist. The first names that come to my mind …Raffaello …Mantegna. I just don't know. Would someone please identify the source‽

the drawing will be auctioned at Christie's


SALE 3545

10 April 2013