The First Mourning

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The First Mourning
French: Premier Deuil
William Bouguereau - El primer duelo.jpg
ArtistWilliam-Adolphe Bouguereau
Year1888 (1888)
Dimensions203 cm × 252 cm (80 in × 99 in)
LocationMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

The First Mourning (in French Premier Deuil) is an oil on canvas painted in 1888 by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Its dimensions are: 79 7/8 × 99 1/8 inches (203 × 252 cm). This piece of art can be seen at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[1]

This work depicts the moment after Adam and Eve just found the body of their son Abel, who was murdered by Cain. This is the first human death recorded in the Bible.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau had suffered the loss of his second son shortly before painting this work.[2]

Its original name is "Premier Deuil", in French, of which "The First Mourning" is a literal translation.


  1. ^ Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Colección Permanente. Retrieved on October 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Art Renewal Retrieved on March 26, 2011