OLD MASTER PAINTINGS

Head of a Child

Children with their angelic little faces are irresistible subjects and have been a favorite of William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905), who has painted them in numerous poses. Tête d'enfant(Head of a Child) was painted in 1879 (oil on canvas 14¾ x 11¾ in) and was painted as a study for a book titled

La tasse de lait

(

The Cup of Milk

) published in in the same year.

The background was loosely placed, which is an indication that the study was most likely used for a larger scale painting. Bouguereau was known to keep these type of studies on hand, referring to them as often as needed.

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