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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Portrait de Coco

Details
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Portrait de Coco
stamped with signature 'Renoir.' (Lugt 2137b; lower right)
oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 13 in. (41 x 33 cm.)
Painted circa 1903-1904
Provenance
Estate of the artist.
Paul Rosenberg, Paris.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii (by 1935).
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York.
Mrs. Albert J. Dreitzer, New York (by 1958).
Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 15 May 1979, lot 25.
Maspro Art Museum, Nagoya (acquired at the above sale); sale, Christie's, New York, 5 May 2005, lot 214.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
Bernheim-Jeune, ed., L'Atelier de Renoir, Paris, 1931, p. 236, no. 275 (illustrated, pl. 85; titled Claude Renoir en rose).
L. Eglinton, "Honolulu Reports on Aim and Work of Art Academy," Art News, 16 February 1935, p. 4.
Exhibited
Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Four Centuries of European Painting, December 1949-January 1950.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Art, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, July-October 1955, no. 63.
New York, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, Renoir--Degas, November-December 1958, no. 65 (illustrated, pl. XLIII).
Sale Room Notice
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.

This painting will be included in volume IV or subsequent volumes of the Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles de Renoir being prepared by Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville published by Bernheim-Jeune.

Lot Essay

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.

This painting will be included in volume IV or subsequent volumes of the Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles de Renoir being prepared by Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville published by Bernheim-Jeune.

Claude Renoir was born in Essoyes on 4 August 1901. Renoir was then sixty years old and having another child at the autumn of his life brought him great joy and inspiration. He looked upon his infant son's health and growth as an affirmation of youth and life, for Renoir was now suffering from the ailments of old age.

The family lovingly nicknamed their youngest son Cloclo, which later became Coco. Almost immediately, he became Renoir's favorite model, replacing his elder brother Jean, who got his first haircut the year of Claude's birth. While long curls were in fashion for young boys in the late 1800s, Renoir was inspired to paint portraits of his children prior to their first haircut, in an effort to capture their childhood innocence. Once their tresses were cut, Renoir rarely used them as models. As Jean Renoir recalled: "it was while we were living in the rue Caulaincourt that my father had me pose for him most often. A few years later my brother Claude, who was seven years younger than I, was to take my place in the studio. Coco certainly proved one of the most prolific inspirations my father ever had" (Renoir, My Father, New York, 1958, p. 364).

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