At Renoir's Home, rue St-Georges (formerly The Artist's Studio, rue St.-Georges)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Oil on canvas 
18-1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Renoir's portrait records an informal gathering of friends and colleagues at his home in Montmartre. The central figure holding a paperback and leading the discussion is Georges Rivière, an art critic and early biographer of Renoir. The bald, bearded man partially hidden to the right is Camille Pissarro, another member of the Impressionist group. Less certain are the names of the other three figures, who have been variously identified as painters, a writer, a philosopher, and a composer. Their pensive poses and expressions belie the spontaneous, animated brushwork Renoir used to describe them.


Eugène Murer, Paris, sold in 1896 to;
Dr. George Viau, Paris (sale, Paris, Galeries Durand-Ruel, 4 March 1907, lot 64, for FF 4,900);
[Durand-Ruel, Paris].
M. Hocquard, Paris.
Antonio Santamarina, Buenos Aires, by 1933 (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 2 April 1974, lot 15);
[P. & D. Colnaghi, London];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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