We loose paintings to all sorts of different causes. Sometimes they are destroyed in natural disasters, sometimes they are lost to thieves and other times they are tucked away for 90 years in someone's personal collection.
The latter has been the fate of William Adolphe Bouguerreau “The Cherry Picker”, which belongs to Baltimore native Dorothy Bair, who has donated the painting to a museum in Baltimore.
The Bair family acquired “The Cherry Picker,” or “Une Petite fille ceuillant des cérises,” in 1943, according to the Walters. Bair fondly remembers the painting hanging in the family’s living room in Baltimore.