The Bouvier Sisters (1926). Albert Herter (American, 1871-1950). Oil on masonite.
The Bouviers of East Hampton granted Herter the opportunity to paint their striking twins Maude and Michelle. Herter would take no fee provided he could take the painting on an exhibition tour. Today Maude and Michelle are most often associated with their celebrated and well-loved niece Jacqueline, wife of John F. Kennedy. Herter used soft tones and warm colors contrasted by his trademark turquoise blue to emphasize the red hues of the young sitters’ hair, creating a dreamy interlude for the twins.