4 November 2004
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Richard Guino (1890-1973)
signed, inscribed and dated 'Renoir Cagnes Terre de Saline 1916' (on the underside)
Height: 19 5/8 in. (50 cm.)
Conceived in 1916; this terracotta version cast circa 1916
Anon. sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris, 26 March 1977, lot 65.
The Akram Ojjeh Collection (acquired at the above sale); sale, Christie's, New York, 9 November 1999, lot 225.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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J. Meier-Graefe, Renoir, Leipzig, 1929, p. 403, no. 413 (another cast illustrated).
P. Haesaerts, Renoir Sculptor, New York, 1947, p. 29, pl. XXXII (another cast illustrated).
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