Skip to content

The Elder Sister by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    The Elder Sister by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

    The Elder Sister by William-Adolphe Bouguereau was created in 1869. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The size of the work is 130,2 x 97,2 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The young girl, gazing intently at the beholder while tenderly holding a baby on her lap, is endowed with an almost inexplicably beguiling beauty. William Bouguereau was the quintessential successful academic painter. His canvases were in high demand by both European and American collectors, and his fame has been rekindled of late. Executed with extraordinary painterly skill, The Elder Sister is a sentimental scene for which the artist’s daughter Henriette and son Paul served as models. (Read more in Museum of Fine Arts Houston)

    About the Artist: French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau was born in La Rochelle. At the age of twelve, Bouguereau went to Mortagne-sur-Gironde to stay with his uncle Eugène, a priest, and developed a love of nature, religion and literature. In 1839, he was sent to study for the priesthood at a Catholic college in Pons. Here he was taught to draw and paint by Louis Sage, who had studied under Ingres. Bouguereau reluctantly left his studies to return to his family, now residing in Bordeaux. Bouguereau became a student at the École des Beaux-Arts… Read more

    You can order this work as an art print on canvas from


    Premium Art Print Collection

    Visit Our Website