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Albert Herter

The Bouvier Twins

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March 17, 04:05 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot Details


Albert Herter

1871 - 1950

The Bouvier Twins

signed Albert Herter and inscribed with artist’s device (upper left)

oil on board

40 by 48 in.

101.6 by 122 cm.

Executed in 1926.

Maude Bouvier Davis, New York (commissioned from the artist)

Estate of Maude Bouvier Davis, New York (by descent from the above)

Christie's New York, 30 November, 1999, lot 109 (consigned by the above)

Acquired from the above by the present owner

John H. Davis, The Bouviers: Portrait of an American Family, New York, 1969, pp. 7, 143, 190, 261 & 289

John H. Davis, The Bouviers: From Waterloo to the Kennedys and Beyond, Washington, D.C., 1993, pp. 187, 265, 269 & 294

John H. Davis, Jacqueline Bouvier: An Intimate Memoir, New York, 1996, pp. 10 & 12

The present work depicts Maude and Michelle Bouvier, twin sisters born to one of the nations most prominent families. The painting was prominently displayed above the mantle at the Bouvier’s home on their estate in East Hampton. This work is among the most elegant examples of the artist's portrait subjects which are delicately rendered in soft tones and warm colors. Herter positions the twins against a bold and contrasting background, elevating the dream-like quality of the painting.    

The Bouvier twins were 21 years-old at the time the present work was painted and were known in New York society for their quick wit and charm. The Bouviers were considered to be one among America’s royal families who attained celebrity status throughout periods of American history and are most commonly affiliated with their niece, the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.