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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE BARONESSES VAN LYNDEN AND VAN PALLANDT, THE NETHERLANDS

William Bouguereau
FRENCH
MIGNON
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419

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THE BARONESSES VAN LYNDEN AND VAN PALLANDT, THE NETHERLANDS

William Bouguereau
FRENCH
MIGNON
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 93,750 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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William Bouguereau
1825 - 1905
FRENCH
MIGNON
signed W-BOUGUEREAU. (center left) 
oil on canvas
18 1/4 by 15 in.
46.4 by 38.1 cm
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Provenance

Goupil & Cie, The Hague, no. 2961 (acquired directly from the artist, July 1867, as Tête d'enfant de Far from Home
Theodoor Soeterick, Utrecht (acquired from the above through Mr. Patyn, October 1867)
Thence by descent
 

Bibliographie

Mark Steven Walker, "William-Adolphe Bouguereau, A Summary Catalogue of the Paintings," William-Adolphe Bouguereau, L'Art Pompier, exh. cat., Borghi & Co., New York, 1991, p. 67
Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross, William Bouguereau, Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Work, New York, 2010, p. 100, no. 1867/08, illustrated; and in the revised 2014 edition, p. 100, no. 1867/08, illustrated

Description

This emotive portrait marks an important rediscovery for William Bouguereau. Sold to a collector in Utrecht in 1867, the year that it was painted, it has been passed down through the same family for generations over more than 150 years. Until today, this painting has been known only from a postcard published by Goupil with the title, Mignon. However, the child’s face and distinctive expression are well-known from the artist’s Loin du Pays in Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce (fig. 1).

Emilienne Cesil-Biegler, the girl who posed for this painting, was among Bouguereau's favorite models during this period and appeared in most of his works painted between 1865 and 1867, among them La prière (1865, Private Collection), L’oiseau chéri (1867, Yamadera Goto Museum, Japan) and La reveil (1865, Private Collection, see lot 614 for reduction). Born in 1859, she was the daughter of Bouguereau's housemaid.

19th Century European Art

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