- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
BRASSÉE DE ROSES
Stamped with the signature Renoir (lower left)
- Oil on canvas
- 9 1/4 by 12 1/2 in.
- 23.5 by 32 cm
Private Collection, France (acquired in 1920 and until 2000)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
In a discussion of Renoir's flower paintings, John House observes the following, "In his later years Renoir painted and sold very many small, informal paintings, among them large numbers of still lifes, showing everyday objects and especially flowers, often very casually arranged... Renoir recommended still-life painting to Julie Manet in the late 1890s in order to 'teach yourself to paint quickly,' and told Albert André that it was in his small sketches that 'he put the whole of himself, that he took every risk...' Renoir also saw studies like this as contributions to his more ambitious figure paintings. He told Vollard that his sketches of roses were 'research into flesh tones... for a nude.' According to another witness, he saw closer parallels between flowers and women's bodies, comparing anemones with women's sexes. However, his fascination with flowers in his last years can perhaps best be seen as part of his determination to focus on sumptuous colored surfaces and to choose subjects without disturbing overtones" (John House, Renoir, Master Impressionist, Sydney, 1994, p. 94).