Bouquet of Lilacs
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
On View

Renoir studied alongside Monet, Bazille, Sisley, and Fantin in the studio of Charles Gleyre, a classical history painter. But like his classmates, Renoir quickly evolved his own more modern style, exemplified in this still life of lilacs, jonquils, and apple blossoms: an explosion of brief, shimmering strokes applied wet into wet. A founding member of the Impressionist movement, Renoir exhibited his work both in the group’s independent exhibitions and at the annual Paris Salon.


  • Artist Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
  • Title: Bouquet of Lilacs
  • Date: 1875-1880
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 21-1/4 x 25-3/4 in. (54 x 65.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
  • Accession Number: M.2010.1.193.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

The artist, sold 13 June 1881 to;
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, stock no. 1072 (also D-R stock no. 1138 in 1891), sold 26 May 1897 to];
[Durand-Ruel, New York, stock no. 1720, resold 22 September 1936 to];
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, stock no. 13766, sold 22 September 1936 (same day) to];
Mme. de la Chapelle, Paris, sold September 1936, through [illegible in Knoedler stock book], to;
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. A1740, owned jointly with L. Carré, Paris, sold 4 February 1937 to];
Dorothy Willard, New York, sold 19 December 1950 to;
[M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock no. A4473, sold 13 February 1957 to];
Mrs. Ralph J. Hines, Southampton, Long Island, New York.
Mrs. Joan F. Thayer, Cambridge, by 1961.
[E.V. Thaw & Co., Inc., sold 10 January 1979 to];
Norton Simon, by bequest to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Exhibitions of Paintings by Renoir

  • Galerie Durand-Ruel (New York, N.Y.), 1914-02-07 to 1914-02-21

[on loan - but not on exhibit]

  • Fogg Art Museum, 1961-12-20 to 1966-12-20

[on loan]

  • Henry Art Gallery, 1979-02-21 to 1979-08-28
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Portfolio of Flower Pictures,
  • Whelan, Richard, Impressionist Flowers: Art of the Bouguet, 1998, pp. 84-85
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006, cat. 90 pp. 346-349; p.347 ill.; 348 ill.
  • Dauberville, Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville, Renoir: Catalogue Raisonné des Tableaux, Pastels, Dessins et Aquarelles, 2007, cat. 27 p. 127
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1584 p. 424

Additional Artwork by Artist

At Renoir's Home, rue St-Georges (formerly The Artist's Studio, rue St.-Georges) Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1876
Nude Pierre-Auguste Renoir c.1872
Reclining Nude Pierre-Auguste Renoir c. 1892

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