Premières Caresses by William A. Bouguereau - 39 ¼ x 26 ¼ inches Signed paris salon french academic realist italian peasants mother and child baby interior
William A. Bouguereau
(1825 - 1905)

Premières Caresses

Oil on canvas
39 ¼ x 26 ¼ inches

This work is the half-size réduction Bouguereau made of the painting he exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1866 (which hangs in the Lyndhurst Collection, Tarrytown, New York, and measures 75 x 50 inches).

Goupil & Cie., Paris (acquired directly from the artist, July 27, 1866)
M. Wallis, London (acquired from the above, September 2, 1866)
H. & P. de Casseres, London; titled Mother & Child
Private collection (purchased from the above c.1910)
Thence by descent – Private collection, Argentina
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
Private collection

William Bouguereau (1825-1905), The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, 1984, listed page 170.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau L’Art Pompier, Borghi & Co., 1991, A Summary Catalogue of the Paintings, Mark Steven Walker, listed pg 66.

William Bouguereau Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Works, Damien Bartoli, Antique Collectors' Club, New York City, 2010, pages 90-91, illustrated (1866/03A)