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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
PORTRAIT DU COLONEL HOWARD JENKS
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
PORTRAIT DU COLONEL HOWARD JENKS
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Details & Cataloguing

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841 - 1919
PORTRAIT DU COLONEL HOWARD JENKS
signed A. Renoir and dated 1865 (lower left)
oil on canvas
74.3 by 60.4cm., 29 1/4 by 23 3/4 in.
Painted in 1865.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Renoir Catalogue critique being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute and established from the archives of François Daulte, Durand-Ruel, Venturi, Vollard and Wildenstein.

Provenance

Barton Howard Jenks (acquired directly from the artist)
Mrs. Mary de Bergh, Los Angeles (housekeeper of Barton Howard Jenks)
Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles
Harold Watt, Los Angeles (sale: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 7th November 1979, lot 536)
Mrs. Irwin Winkler, Beverly Hills (purchased at the above sale; sale: Christie's, New York, 10th November 1987, lot 2)
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, USA (sale: Sotheby's, London, 6th February 2007, lot 456)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art & San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art, Renoir, 1955, no. 2, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

François Daulte, Auguste Renoir, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, Lausanne, 1971, vol. I, no. 14, illustrated n.p. 
Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, 1858-1881, vol. I, Paris, 2007, no. 527, illustrated p. 518

Catalogue Note

The present painting is a rare example of Renoir executing a portrait of an American sitter.  Colonel Barton Howard Jenks, who was approximately 39 years old at the time this portrait was painted, was a veteran of the Civil War who had invented a new form of rifle which he sought to sell to the French Government.  In 1865, Colonel Jenks traveled to Paris where he met Renoir.  The artist was just beginning to establish his reputation in the art world when Jenks commissioned this portrait.

Renoir’s early portraits evidence the academic training he received at the École des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Charles Gleyre between 1861 and 1864.  Early influences upon his art were the paintings of Barbizon artists such as Diaz and Rousseau, as well as Courbet.  It was in Gleyre’s studio that he met fellow innovators such as Bazille, Monet and Sisley and moved past the prevailing academic tendencies of the salon toward the development of Impressionism.

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