Lot 71
  • 71

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

700,000 - 1,000,000 USD
902,500 USD
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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Femme lisant sur un banc

  • Signed Renoir (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas


Ambroise Vollard, Paris

Christian de Galea, Paris (acquired from the above)

Galerie de l'Art Moderne, Paris

Acquired from the above by the family of the present owners circa 1950

Catalogue Note

Renoir often preferred the freshness of natural light to the atmosphere of his studio, resulting in compositions that were painted en plein air.  This technique presented a departure from the traditional, academic practice of painting from sketches and depictions of interiors, and it launched Renoir and his fellow Impressionists into the forefront of the avant-garde. With its quick, spontaneous brush-strokes depicting a young woman in nature, the present work is a fine example of the aesthetic that defined the style of the artist's Impressionist painting. 

"Renoir loved women," Ann Dumas writes in her assessment of the artist's work.  "To the end of his life, it was by his painting of women that he wanted to be judged" (A. Dumas, Renoir's Women, New York, 2005, p. 9).  Indeed, Renoir's most beloved compositions are depictions of young women, and those he created during the 1870s and 1880s are considered as his most accomplished.  It is in these pictures that the artist established himself as the quintessential portraitist among the Impressionists.