New York, Park Avenue
19 November 1998
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Richard Guino (1890-1973)
signed 'Renoir' (on the left side of the base); stamped with foundry mark 'C.Valsuani Cire Perdue' (on the back of the base)
bronze with black patina
Height: 21 in. (54 cm.)
Conceived in 1916; this bronze version cast at a later date
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 20 February 1990, lot 26.
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J. Meier-Graefe, Renoir, Leipzig, 1929, p. 403 (another cast illustrated, pl. 413). P. Haesaerts, Renoir Sculpteur, Brussels, 1947, p. XXXII, pl. 32 (plaster version illustrated).
The sculpture depicts Mme Renoir seated and nursing her first child, Pierre. Executed by Richard Guino and under the direction of Renoir, this bronze was intended as a study for a large statue to be placed on Mme Renoir's tomb at Essoyes. It was never executed.
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