Lot 16
  • 16

Hugues Merle

70,000 - 90,000 USD
118,750 USD
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  • Hugues Merle
  • Baigneuse 
  • signed Hugues Merle and dated 1870 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Lorraine R. Langer, Chicago (sold by her estate, Sotheby's, New York, November 4, 2010, lot 55, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale


Possibly, Paris, Salon, 1870, no. 1947

Catalogue Note

Hugues Merle was most often associated with his friend and rival, William Bouguereau, not only because they depicted similar subjects but also employed a high degree of finish and naturalistic technique. Merle was just two years older than Bouguereau, and their thematic and artistic similarities begged comparison from critics and collectors alike. In the present work, Merle depicts a beautiful wood nymph emerging from her bath; her fingers are entwined in her hair that still glistens with tiny drops of water from the pool below.