The Salins industrialist Alfred Bouvet purchased two Courbet landscapes and commissioned this portrait of his daughter, then aged three. She is holding a toy sheep on a wheeled base. Courbet seldom attempted portraits of children and remarked: 'It is the hardest thing you can imagine: a three year-old girl, as fair as tow, as white as milk and, by Jove, extremely pretty'.
Where to see this painting?
National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff
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