24 June 2015
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
La danseuse Rosita Mauri dans La Korigane
signed with the artist's monogram (lower right)
charcoal on paper
15 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. (39 x 29.1 cm.)
Drawn circa 1881
Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
Anonymous sale, Christie’s, London, 27 June 1978, lot 125.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 30 September 1999, lot 3.
Private collection, France, by whom acquired at the above sale.
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G.-P. & M. Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, vol. V, 1911-1919 & 1er Supplément, Paris, 2014, no. 04502 (illustrated p. 540).
Rosita Mauri was one of the most prominent ballerinas at the Paris Opéra in the late 19th Century, and was painted by artists including Manet, Degas and Renoir. The poet François Coppée created the ballet La Korrigane (The Goblin Maiden) for her. It was first performed in 1880 with music by Charles-Marie Widor and choreography by Louis Mérante.
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