This work is included in the online Émile Munier catalogue raisonné by Rehs Galleries, Inc., www.emilemunier.org.
J.J. Gillespie & Co., Pittsburgh Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1930
Émile Munier's early artistic training was intended to prepare him for work as an upholsterer, following in the footsteps of his father who designed for Les Gobelins, the tapestry markers in Paris. Yet, by 1869, Munier regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon and in 1872 entered William Bouguereau's studio where he soon gained a reputation as one of his most talented students.
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has been restored. The canvas is well stretched. The paint layer is clean and varnished. Under ultraviolet light, one can see a few tiny dots of retouching around the young child's mouth and around the eye of the older sister. There are a few spots of retouching in and beneath the older sister's left hand. There are a few dots of retouching in older sister's hair. There are a few isolated dots of retouching in the dark background on the right side of the picture and in the stone plinth in the lower right. Almost all of the retouches seem to address slight thinness that may have developed over time. There is no sign of any abrasion or weakness. The work should be hung as is. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."