Following on from the auction Bouguereau and his Circle held by Sotheby’s in New York last month, another work by the 19th century French academic artist Adolphe William Bouguereau (1825-1905) comes up at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on February 14.
Billed as a highlight of its European Art and Old Masters auction, Freeman’s painting, titled La Fleur Préferée, 5ft 2in x 3ft (1.58 x 91.5cm), is a lifesize portrait of a young woman. The oil on canvas, signed and dated W-BOVGVEREAV-1895, has been in US collections for over a century and comes to auction from a North Carolina collection, guided at $400,000-600,000.
Bouguereau was married to another artist, Elizabeth Jane Gardner Bouguereau (1837-1922), an American expatriate, and a work by her also features in the sale. Deux Mères de famille, depicting a mother and child with a family of chickens, is a 3ft 3in x 2ft 5¼in (77.5 x 74cm) oil on canvas.
The painting is signed Elizabeth Gardner, dates from 1888, comes from the same North Carolina collection and has an estimate of $40,000-60,000.