Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
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.


  • 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

Object Information

[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.

Special Exhibition for the College Art Association (Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon Collection)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965-01-18 to 1965-04-16
  • Daulte, François, Auguste Renoir: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, 1971, no. 81
  • Fouchet, Max-Pol, Les nus de Renoir, 1974,
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 132
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Dauberville, Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville, Renoir: Catalogue Raisonné des Tableaux, Pastels, Dessins et Aquarelles, 2007, cat. 586 p. 565
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 106 p. 257

Additional Artwork by Artist

At Renoir's Home, rue St-Georges (formerly The Artist's Studio, rue St.-Georges) Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1876
Bouquet of Lilacs Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1875-1880
Reclining Nude Pierre-Auguste Renoir c. 1892

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