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ID number:  BIRBI-84.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Renoir, Pierre-Auguste (1841-1919)
Title / Object name:  Young Woman Seated
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1876/77
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  66 x 55.5 cm unframed; 83.2 x 72.6 x 7.8 cm framed
Provenance:  Comte Armand Doria; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 4-5 May 1899 (lot 202), purchased by Bernheim-Jeune; Bernheim-Jeune and Durand-Ruel, 1900; Jules Strauss; his sale, Hôtel Drout, Paris, 3 May 1902 (lot 49), bought in; Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; Galerie Paul Rosenberg; Jacques Zoubaloff, Paris; Jakob Goldschmidt; his sale, Sotheby's, London, 15 October 1958 (lot 7), purchased by Jack Cotton; executors of Jack Cotton; Accepted in lieu of tax by HM Government in 1984.

Renoir was one of the greatest of the Impressionist painters, and his love of primary colours is evident in the soft oranges, reds, greens and blues of this picture. It was painted about 1876/7 and belongs to a contemporary series of half-length studies. The sitter has been identified as Nini Lopez, a professional model. Renoir later protested: "They've made me look on one of my paintings with disgust by calling it La Pensée [Thought]"; adding on another occasion: "My models have no thoughts".

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed I.I.: Renoir

Notes:  Exhibited: 'A. Renoir', Galeries Bernheim-Jeune et fils, Paris, France,1900 (no. 51); 'Exposition centennale de l'art français de 1800 á 1889', Exposition Universelle, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 1900 (no. 557); 'Dritte Kunstausstellung', Secession, Berlin, Germany, 1901 (no. 205); 'L'art décoratif contemporain, 1800-1855', Grosvenor House, London, UK, 1914 (no. 62); 'Cinquante an de peinture française', Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France, 1925 (no. 160); 'Masters of French Nineteenth Century Painting', New Burlington Galleries, London, UK, 1936 (no. 72); 'Renoir', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, 1937 (no. 23); 'Masterworks of Five Centuries', Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, USA, 1940 (no. 293); 'Renoir: Centennial Loan Exhibition 1841-1941', Duveen Galleries, New York, USA, 1941 (no. 23); 'Renoir', Wildenstein Gallery, New York, USA, 1950 (no. 25); Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 1958; 'Renoir', Arts Council, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 30 January 1985 - 21 April 1985 (no. 43); 'Renoir', Grand Palais, Paris, France, 15 May 1985 - 02 September 1985; 'Renoir', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 09 October 1985 - 05 January 1986; 'French Impressionism: Treasures from the Midlands', Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 07 June 1991 - 18 August 1991, pp. 20-1; 'Renoir, Between Bohemia and Bourgeoisie: The Early Years', Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 01 April 2012 - 12 August 2012 (no. 48); 'Impressionist Portraits', Holburne Museum, Bath, UK, 13 February 2016 - 05 June 2016; 'Renoir Rococo Revival', Stadelsches Kunstinstitut und Statische Galerie, Germany, 02 March - 19 June 2022

1 Related People

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste

2 Related Publications

Auguste Renoir
Daulte, F.


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