Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825-1905
  • On the Shore (Two Sisters)
  • Sur la Greve (alternate title)
  • Sisters on the Shore (former title)
Date 1896
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 56 × 36 inches (142.2 × 91.4 cm)
Framed: 72 3/8 × 52 7/8 × 6 inches (183.8 × 134.3 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Charles Willis Ward
Accession Number 09.2
Department European Painting
On View Era of Revolution S302, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower left: W-BOVGVEREAV-1896
March 11, 1897, sold by the artist to (Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, England);
March 1897, (Knoedler & Co., New York, USA);
June 14, 1898, (William O'Leary, Detroit, Michigan, USA);
by 1907, Charles Willis Ward [1856–1920] (Detroit, Michigan and New York, New York, USA);
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Réau, Louis. L'Art Français aux Etats-Unis. Paris, 1926, p. 163 [as "Les deux sœurs"].

Two Sides of the Medal: French Paintings from Gerome to Gauguin. DIA. Detroit, 1954, pp. 21, 25, cat. 23, (repr.) [intro. by P. L. Grigaut].

New York, New York Cultural Center; Fairleigh Dickinson University; San Francisco, Fine Arts Museums,

Isaacson, R., complied by. William Adolphe Bouguereau. 1974/1975, no. 23, pp. 27, 50, (repr.).

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