Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Portrait de jeune fille

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Lot 10
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
(1841-1919)
Portrait de jeune fille

Sold for £ 36,000 (US$ 49,532) inc. premium
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Portrait de jeune fille
signed with initial 'R.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
15.3 x 11cm (6 x 4 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 29 March 2000, lot 20.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    This work will be included in the forthcoming Pierre-Auguste Renoir catalogue critique being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute, as established from the archives of Messieurs Daulte, Durand-Ruel, Venturi, Vollard and Wildenstein.

    "[Renoir] so fully expresses the ideas and methods of impressionistic art that if it alone were saved from general destruction it would bear witness to the entire movement" (observed by Henry Morrison in the journal Brush and Pencil, Vol.XVII, no.5, p.203)

    Renoir was a painter of nudes, of landscapes, seascapes and still-lifes but his portraits make up some of the most effervescent of his paintings. Renoir's, reportedly, easy-going style towards his models and his general interest in people, created positive and radiant portrayals. In fact, both the artist's peers and art historians have noted that Renoir was somehow able to "..transform quite ordinary girls into radiant creatures" (quoted in Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol.XXXII, no.5, p.110).

    Portrait de jeune fille reflects both Renoir's interest in other painters and his interest in representing human experience; additionally they are points that are echoed in the facially comparable, well-known portrait of La Danseuse, produced in 1874 and in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington USA. Both subjects are depicted in silvery-grey costumes against a darker gray background, which gives the impression of three-dimensionality. This technique emulates the use of light pigments against dark used by Spanish master portrait painters Velasquez and Goya, who Renoir admired. Whether Portrait de jeune fille is a study for La Danseuse is unknown, but it certainly contains the lightness of mood and poise of La Danseuse and, furthermore, they share the same intriguing dichotomy with the portrayal of youthful innocence and developing maturity.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this work will be included in Volume IV or subsequent volumes of the catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles de Pierre-Auguste Renoir being prepared by Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville and published by Bernheim Jeune. Please note the title of the work should be Tête de fillette.
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