This little-known nude likely dates from Renoir’s early career. While its fine, liquid brushwork suggests the first stirrings of Impressionism, a dark brown preparation layer and an insistent realism in the treatment of anatomy point to Gustave Courbet and the 1860s. A weightless wisp of drapery (or cloud) looks still further into the past, to the eighteenth-century goddesses of François Boucher, Renoir’s favorite painter in the Louvre.
- Artist Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
- Title: Nude
- Date: c.1872
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 14-3/4 x 10 in. (37.5 x 25.4 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
- Accession Number: F.1982.1.P
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
Mrs. Othon Friesz, sold 24 April 1957 to;
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, stock no. 5695, offered 12 March 1959 and subsequently sold 15 March 1962 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1982 to;
The Norton Simon Foundation.
Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1,
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Fouchet, Max-Pol, Les nus de Renoir,
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