Artist William Adolphe Bouguereau, French, 1825-1905
  • Sisters on the Shore
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
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated lower left: W-BOVGVEREAV-1896
Detroit, Collection William O'Leary;
Detroit, Collection Charles Willis Ward, by whom given to the DIA in 1909.
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