1825-1905 • French
An incredibly important and monumentally-sized painting by French master William Bouguereau entitled Alma Parens (The Motherland). This work is, without question, one of the most significant paintings we have ever offered in our gallery. An unparalleled composition depicting Mother France caring for her children, this painting dutifully illustrates why Bouguereau and his masterpieces are so highly coveted by museum curators and fine art collectors throughout the world. Once owned by actor Sylvester Stallone, this magnificent painting was sold by Sothebys in 1998. Considered the finest of the French academic painters, Bouguereaus works are among the most renowned of all 19th-century paintings. His works can be found in the Louvre and the Museé dOrsay in Paris, the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A work of this exceptional caliber and proportion almost never becomes available on the market and represents a rare opportunity to own a work by one of the most respected and decorated artists of all time. The work will appear in the forthcoming Bouguereau catalogue raisonné by Damien Bartoli with the assistance of Fred Ross of the the Bouguereau Committee and the Art Renewal Center.