William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)
    Bohémienne au tambour de Basque (réplique), 1867
    Oil on canvas
    39-1/2 x 25-1/4 inches (100.3 x 64.1 cm)
    Signed lower left: Bouguereau

    The artist;
    Goupil & Cie, Paris, acquired from the above, July 2, 1867;
    Robert Hué, New York, acquired from the above, July 8, 1867;
    Private collection, New York;
    Sotheby's, New York, May 21, 1987, lot 100;
    Christie's, New York, February 15, 1995, lot 48;
    Christie's, New York, May 6, 1998, lot 217;
    Private collection, New York.

    Bouguereau's accounts, as Petite saltimbanque (réduction);
    Goupil's stockbooks, as L'enfant perdu (reproduction du no. 2858);
    D. Bartoli and F. Ross, William Bouguereau, Catalogue Raisonné of his Painted Work, Vol. II, New York, 2010, pp. 96-97, no. 1867/05A, illustrated.

    In a recent email to Heritage Auctions, Fred Ross observed: "There are only two or three occasions in Bouguereau's life when he painted an exact-size replica of a painting (as opposed to a reduction which he did dozens of times)." This painting is one of them.

    Although Ross' predecessor, Damien Bartoli, described this work in his catalogue raisonné note as a studio replica of Bohémienne au tambour de Basque, Ross sees little evidence of any hand but Bouguereau's in it, emphasizing that unlike Bartoli he had the advantage of basing his assessment upon firsthand inspection of the original, while Bartoli had to rely upon less than optimal quality photographs. Ross comments that "the catalog [raisonné] note points out a difference in the background. It was not unusual for Bouguereau to change some details of backgrounds when painting a reduction. . . . For example, [in] L'Orage, 1881, he completely altered the background which I'm certain he felt improved the composition when painting the reduction... You can safely list this work as William Bouguereau with full attribution."

    We are grateful to Fred Ross for confirming the cataloguing of this painting with a full attribution to William Bouguereau.

    Condition Report*:

    Glue-lined canvas; very fine craquelure, however, surface is stable; minor frame wear; under UV light, there appears to be inpaint to craquelure in lower left quadrant; small touches of inpaint to a few of the letters in signature; two horizontal lines approx. 1/2 x 3 inches of inpaint to the left of the tambourine; retouching to her left eye and an approx. 2 x 2 inch area of possible restoration to the left of figure's head; a few scattered touches of inpaint to background and a couple touches to figure's red bodice; however, a discolored varnish layer makes restoration difficult to discern. Framed Dimensions 48.75 X 35 X 4 Inches

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