Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Oil on canvas 
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:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

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.


[Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris].
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.

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