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    Sale 1901

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 326

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

    L'église de Varengeville et les falaises

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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
    L'église de Varengeville et les falaises
    signed 'Renoir' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    21¼ x 28¾ in. (54 x 73 cm.)
    Painted in 1880


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

    Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville have confirmed that this painting is included in their Bernheim-Jeune archives as an authentic work.

    Renoir spent the summer months between 1879-1880 at the country château of one of his most important patrons, Paul-Antoine Bérard, in Wargemont not far from Dieppe on the Normandy coast. His visits to the small towns and villages along the Channel coastline and the landscape paintings he produced were a welcomed respite from the commissioned portraiture he was obliged to paint for rich Parisians in order to earn a living. His enthusiasm for the expansive horizons and the vastness of the sea, sky and coastline is apparent in L'église de Varangeville et les falaises. In the present painting, as in the series of landscapes he created at this time, the artist endeavored to depict "the ethereal interplay of land, air and water at various times of the day and under changing weather conditions. Striving to capture aspects of atmosphere, he restricted his palette to unusually subdued colors applied in thin layers of paint" (G. Adriani, Renoir, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Tübingen, 1996, p. 193).

    Provenance

    Galerie Beyeler, Basel.
    Anon. sale, Palais des Congrès, Paris, 3 March 1974, lot 106.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 16 April 1976, lot 63.
    O'Hana Gallery, London.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 21 February 1985, lot 25.
    Acquired by the present owner, 1997.


    Literature

    G.-P. and M. Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, Paris, 2007, p. 213, no. 156 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Tokyo, Ueno Matsuzakaya; Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art; Osaka, Temmabashi Matsuzakaya; Shizuoka, Matsuzakaya and Fukuoka, Prefectural Culture Center, Auguste Renoir, August-October 1967, no. 6.