Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) Paysage, executed between 1910-1914
Lot 7
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919) Paysage, executed between 1910-1914
Sold for £84,000 (US$ 141,188) inc. premium
Lot Details
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Paysage, executed between 1910-1914
signed 'Renoir' (lower right)
oil on canvas
24.1 x 40.6cm (9 1/2 x 16in).


    with Galerie Motte, Geneva
    with Acquavella Galleries, New York
    with Weintraub Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, United Kingdom

    Florida, The Lowe Art Museum The French Impressionist Influence in American Artists, March 19-April 25, 1971

    In 1907 Renoir moved to the estate of Les Colettes in Cagnes, where he painted Paysage. Nestled amongst olive groves and orange trees, the landscape of Cagnes represented to Renoir a rural arcadia and provided the artist with the bright light and sensuous properties, which he relished and in whose atmosphere his painting thrived. Despite suffering from arthritis, Paysage resonates with Renoir’s characteristic celebration of and passion for the world around him, the energy and spontaneity of which arguably derived from painting en plein air. Whether a sketch like Paysage or a fully worked up composition, Renoir seduced his viewers with soft feathery brushstrokes and lively use of rich warm colour deployed with apparent ease, indicative of Renoir’s observation that ‘I like to get friendly with painting, caress it’. Indeed Renoir’s confident and lyrical application of paint imbues both works with an immediacy, transporting the viewer to the South of France. The significance of Renoir’s pure landscape paintings was documented in Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883 held at The National Gallery, London in 2007.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot will be included in the forthcoming catalogue critique published by the Wildenstein Institute and will be sold with a certificate from the Wildenstein Institute dated May 2009. Please note this lot bears the stamped signature 'Renoir' and not as stated in the catalogue.
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