PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR

Renoir "La Danse a la Campagne"

Renoir "La Danse a la Campagne"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "La Danse a la Campagne, 2nd plate" Delteil 2, Stella 2 Soft-ground etching in black ink, c. 1890 Only State on smooth wove paper Image Size: 5 3/8" x 5 1/3" Fine rich and tonal impression REF. #1207 $45,000

Renoir "L'enfant au Biscuit"

Renoir "L'enfant au Biscuit"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "L'Enfant au Biscuit" Delteil 31, Stella 31 Lithograph in black ink, c. 1898-99 Printed on Ingres D'Arches laid paper with watermark "MBM (France)" From the edition of 100 plus some trial proofs Image Size: 12 5/8" x 10 1/2" Rich dark tonal impression REF. #1225 $45,000

Renoir "Femme nue Couchee"

Renoir "Femme nue Couchee"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme Nue Couchée (tournée a droite) 2nd plate" Delteil 14, Stella 14 Original soft-ground etching in brownish-black ink, c. 1909 Only state as published in Die Impressionisten, Duret, Berlin, B. Cassirer Image Size: 5 1/2" x 7 7/8" Fine strong and fresh impression on pale cream laid Hollande paper REF. #1313 $11,500

Renoir "Femme Nue Assise"

Renoir "Femme Nue Assise"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme Nue Assise" Delteil 12, Stella 12 Soft-ground etching, c. 1906 Only state as published in Theodore Duret Impressionisten Image Size: 7 3/8" x 5 5/8" Strong rich impression on Holland paper $6,750

Renoir "Jeune Fille en Buste"

Renoir "Jeune Fille en Buste"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Jeune Fille en Buste et Etudes de Têtes (ou Gabrielle)" Delteil 58, Stella 58 Lithograph (black and grey), date unknown c. 1885 Only State, From the edition of some 100 impressions Signature on the stone "R" lower right Image Size: 10 5/8" x 8 1/3" Very fine and strong tonal impression REF. #1080 $9,500

Renoir "Femme au cep de vigne"

Renoir "Femme au cep de vigne"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme au cep de vigne, 2nd variante" Delteil 46, Stella 46 Original lithograph in black ink, 1904-1905 Second state from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed in stone lower left Image Size: 4 1/2" x 3 1/3" Fine strong impression with rich tone $6,750

Renoir "Une Mere et Enfant"

Renoir "Une Mere et Enfant"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Une Mere et Enfant (Jean Renoir)" Delteil 10, Stella 10 Drypoint in color, 1896 Proof aside from the numbered edition of 100 impressions Published in "L'Album des pointers-graveurs"; Ambroise Vollard Signature on the stone "Renoir" Image Size: 10" x 7 3/4" Very fine impression of laid paper

Renoir "Femme au cep de Vigne"

Renoir "Femme au cep de Vigne"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme au cep de Vigne 4th Variante" Deltiel 48, Stella 48 Original lithograph in black ink, 1904-1905 Only State from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed in the stone lower left Image Size: 5 1/4" x 4" Fine strong impression with rich tone $6,750

Renoir Le Petit Garcon au port plume

Renoir Le Petit Garcon au port plume

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Claude Renoir, tourne a gauche" Delteil 55, Stella 55 Original lithograph in black ink, c. 1902-03 From the edition of 50 known impressions Drawn on special transfer paper by Renoir from life at his own studio Clot, Paris c. 1904 Image Size: 11 3/4" x 15 3/4" Rare REF. #1533 $45,000

Renoir "Etude de Femme Nue"

Renoir "Etude de Femme Nue"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Etude de Femme nue, Assise Variante" Delteil 43, Stella 43 Original chalk lithograph in black ink, 1904 Second state, from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed with signature "Renoir" lower right corner in the stone Image Size: 6 3/8" x 6 1/3" Excellent impression with strong tone $7,500

Renoir "Femme au Cep de Vigne"

Renoir "Femme au Cep de Vigne"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme au cap de vigne, 3rd virante" Delteil 47, Stella 47 Original chalk lithograph in black ink, c. 1904 - 05 Second state, from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed in the stone lower left Image Size: 6 1/2" x 4" Fine strong impression with rich tone REF. #1464 $6,750

Renoir Baigneuse Debout a Mi-Jambes

Renoir Baigneuse Debout a Mi-Jambes

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Claude Renoir, tourne a gauche" Delteil 23, Stella 23 Etching in black ink on laid paper, c. 1910 Only State As published in Theodore Duret's "Historie des Peintres Impressionistes, 1919 H. Floury, Paris Image Size: 6 5/8" X 4 3/8" REF. #1473 $6,750

Renoir "Buste D'Enfant"

Renoir "Buste D'Enfant"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Buste D'Enfant, tourne a droite" Delteil 22, Stella 22 Original soft-ground etching in black ink, c. 1908 Only State as published in Theodore Duret, "Die Impressionisten" Berlin, B. Cassirer, 1914 Image Size: 5 3/8" x 3 3/4" Very fine rich impression REF. #1059 $4,500

Renoir "Maternite Grand Planche"

Renoir "Maternite Grand Planche"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Maternite, Grand Planche" Delteil 40, Stella 40 Lithograph (black and grey), 1912 First state, from the edition of some 200 impressions Signature on the stone "Renoir" lower right Image Size: 21 1/4" x 19" Fine tonal impression on laid paper REF. #1543 $39,500

Renoir "Femme Nue Couchee"

Renoir "Femme Nue Couchee"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme Nue Couchée (tournée a droite) 2nd plate" Delteil 14, Stella 14 Etching, c. 1906 Only state, restrike Edition size unknown Image Size: 5 1/2" x 7 7/8" $1,295

Renoir Claude Renoir la Tete Baisee

Renoir Claude Renoir la Tete Baisee

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Claude Renoir - La Tete Baissee" Delteil 39, Stella 39 Original chalk and brush lithograph in black ink, c. 1904 Only state, from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed in the stone lower right Fine strong impression with rich tone REF. #1771 $11,500

Renoir "Femme au cep de vigne"

Renoir "Femme au cep de vigne"

Pierre Auguste Renoir "Femme au cap de vigne, 1st virante" Delteil 45, Stella 45 Original chalk lithograph in black ink, c. 1904 - 05 Second state, from the edition of 950 on vellum paper Signed in the stone lower left Image Size: 6 7/8" x 4 5/8" Fine strong impression with rich tone REF. #1579 $6,750

Pierre Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, France, on February 25, 1841, the sixth of Leonard Renoir and Marguerite Merlet's seven children.  His father was a tailor and his mother was a dressmaker.  His family moved to Paris in 1844. Showing a remarkable talent for drawing, Renoir became an apprentice in a porcelain factory where he painted designs on fine china.  Later, after the factory had closed, he worked for his older brother, decorating fans, blinds and signs.  Throughout these early years Renoir made frequent visits to the Louvre where he studied and developed a deep respect for the art of 18th Century French Rococo Masters.

In 1862 Renoir began to study painting seriously and entered the studio of the painter Charles Gleyre, where he met other artists such as Claude Monet.  The 1860s were difficult years for Renoir.  At times he was too poor to buy paints or canvas, and the national Salons of 1866 and 1867 rejected his artworks.  The following year the Salon accepted his portrait of his girlfriend, Lise Trehot. Renoir continued to develop his work and to study the paintings of other artists of the day such as Manet and Courbet.

A revolution was beginning in French painting during the 1860s.  A group of young painters began to rebel against the traditions of Western painting which was steeped in Realism.  These artists began to paint outdoors, using nature as their inspiration, in an attempt to capture the nuances of light and atmosphere with quick bold strokes of color.  As a result, their works revealed a look of freshness that rapidly departed from the style of the Old Masters.  These new works were initially shunned by the public and art critics who considered them unfinished, underdeveloped and mere 'impressions' of subjects.  The critic's insult stuck and Impressionism was born.  The group, which included Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Cassatt, Degas and others, were unable to gain acceptance into the official Salons and eventually created their own series of exhibitions called the Salon des Refuses.

Although the Impressionist exhibitions were the targets of much public scorn, Renoir's popularity gradually increased and in time, he was backed by loyal art dealers and devoted collectors.  His works depicted men and women together in casual social settings, vibrant intimate portraits, voluptuous nudes and lush landscapes full of emotion.  In 1890, at the age of 49, Renoir made his first etching La Danse a la Compagne, based on his 1883 painting, which featured his brother Edmond and painter Suzanne Valadon.  Renoir would eventually create approximately 55 different etchings and lithographs in his recognizable style.

In 1890 Renoir married Aline Charigot, his companion of almost ten years.  They would have three sons in all.  The artist quickly incorporated his family and relatives into his later works.  It was during these later years that Renoir further developed his unique style—a blend of Classicism and Impressionism which featured radiant nude bathers and tender familial scenes.

Renoir's health declined severely in his later years.  In 1903 he suffered his first attack of arthritis and settled for the warmer climes at Cagnes-sur-Mer, in the South of France.  The arthritis made painting painful, yet he continued to work, at times with a brush inserted between his crippled fingers.  Pierre-Auguste Renoir died at Cagnes-sur-Mer on December 3, 1919, but not before experiencing a major artistic triumph: the State had purchased his 1877 portrait Madame Georges Charpentier and he traveled to Paris in August to see it hanging in the Louvre.

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