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Jeune femme assise en tenue grecque - Oedipe

Jeune femme assise en tenue grecque - Oedipe
signed with the initials 'AR.' (upper right)
oil on canvas
8 5/8 x 6 in. (22 x 15.1 cm.)
Painted in 1895
Private collection, France, and thence by descent.
Bernard du Chatenet, Paris, by whom acquired from the above; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 27 June 1986, lot 71.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Pierre-Auguste Renoir Digital Catalogue Raisonné, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

This work will be included in the second supplement to the catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles de Renoir being prepared by Guy-Patrice and Floriane Dauberville.

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Lot Essay

Portraiture among the Impressionist artists was frowned upon – a sign that an artist was selling out for money. It was landscapes that truly captured their doctrine and the plight of the Petite Bourgeoisie. In landscapes, no patron dictated how artists' brush strokes should look, or how much colour or texture was appropriate. However, everything was different with Renoir. Renoir was able to transform the constructs of the traditional portrait, elevating its status among his colleagues. 'When Renoir decided, in mid-career, to try his hand at fashionable Parisian portraiture, he revolutionized the form by treating it with the same freedom that his friends were bringing to landscape painting' (G. Néret, Renoir Painter of Happiness: 1841-1918, Los Angeles, 2009, p. 184).

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