Bouquet of Lilacs

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Oil on canvas 
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:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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.


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.

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