26 June 2002
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) & Richard Guino (1890-1973)
Mère et enfant, grand modèle
signed 'Renoir' and numbered and stamped with the foundry mark 'H.C. C.Valsuani Fondeur Cire Perdue' (on the right side of the base); with Richard Guino stamp 'RG' (at the back of the base)
bronze with brown patina
Height: 21½ in. (54.6 cm.)
Conceived circa 1916; this bronze version cast circa 1973
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J. Meier-Graefe, Renoir, Leipzig, 1929, p. 403 (another cast illustrated pl. 413).
P. Haesaerts, Renoir Sculpteur, Brussels, 1947, no. XXXII (plaster version illustrated pl. 32).
Michel Guino has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Intended as a study for a large statue to be placed on Mme Renoir's tomb at Essoyes which was never executed, the present work depicts Mme Renoir nursing their first child Pierre.
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