Sale: Salle Rossini, Paris, November 14, 2013, lot 38, illustrated Acquired at the above sale
This drawing is a rarity in William Bouguereau’s oeuvre, as it appears to be independent and unrelated to any of the artist's known paintings. Just as with his oils, Bouguereau's academic technique highlights the faces and hands of the two young siblings and is enhanced by the differentiation between their smooth skin and the thick cotton of their chemises.
Pencil on paper. The sheet is hinged in two places along the top edge. Artist pinhole at upper center. Minor undulation to the sheet from handling. The sheet is in generally good condition aside from a few widely scattered dots of discoloration in the background of the sheet and one in the proper left of the girls hair. Minor light and mat stain with a few scattered dots of foxing visible at the extreme edges. In overall good condition and ready to hang. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.