Bouguereau and His Circle: Then and Now

Bouguereau and His Circle: Then and Now

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Property of a Distinguished American Collection

Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault

A Warm Embrace

Auction Closed

January 26, 07:56 PM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details


Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault


1832 - 1908

A Warm Embrace

signed -L-Perrault- (upper left)

oil on canvas

canvas: 45 by 31 in.; 114.3 by 78.7 cm

framed: 49½ by 36 in.; 125.7 by 91.4 cm

Edward Burgess Butler, Pasadena, California
His sale: Sotheby's, New York, 23 May 1997, lot 341
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Born in Poitiers, France, Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault first studied painting in the studio of Edouard Picot and then at the École des Beaux-Arts under William Bouguereau, the leading Academic painter of his day. This familial subject recalls Bouguereau's tender scenes of mother and child in a warm embrace.

The present work was once in the collection of Edward Burgess Butler (1853-1928), an American businessman, philanthropist, artist and first president of the Pasadena Society of Artists. He founded Butler Brothers department stores in 1877 with his brothers George and Charles Butler. With the success of this venture, Butler amassed a large collection of paintings, many of which he later donated to the Art Institute of Chicago.