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.