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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Mademoiselle Henriot ou Jeune fille au ruban bleu
  • Oil on canvas
  • 16 1/2 by 13 in.
  • 41.9 by 33 cm


M. Boy, Paris (sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 25, 1904, lot 24)

M. Prat, Paris (acquired at the above sale)

Louis Bernard 

Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the above on September 29, 1916)

Ch. Hellesen (acquired from the above on October 26, 1916)

Walther Halvorsen, Oslo

Halvor John Schou, Oslo

Justin K. Thannhauser, Berlin & New York (acquired by 1927 and until at least 1946)

Jacques Lindon, New York

Mortiz Guttmann (French Art Galleries), New York

Gisèle Rueff-Béghin, Paris (sold by the Estate: Sotheby's, London, November 29, 1988, lot 5)

Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)

Acquired in 1999


Oslo, I Kunstnerforbundet, Den Franske Utstilling, 1918, no. 76

Stockholm; Copenhagen & Oslo, Renoir, 1921, no. 6

Stockholm, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Masterwerk Fransk, 1800-Talskonst, 1935, no. 14, illustrated in the catalogue 

London, Tate Gallery, Renoir, 1935, no. 11


Paul Jamot, "L'Art français en Norvège" in La Renaissance de l'Art français, Paris, February 1929, illustrated p. 97

Françoise Daulte, Auguste Renoir, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint: Figures (1860-1890), Lausanne, 1971, vol. I, no. 168, illustrated n.p.

Elda Fezzi, L'opera completa di Renoir, nel periodo impressionnista 1869-1883, Milan, 1972, no. 217, illustrated p. 98

Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue Raisonné des Tableaux, Pastels, Dessins et Aquarelles, Paris, 2007, vol. I, no. 458, catalogued pp. 463-64 & illustrated p. 464

Catalogue Note

Mademoiselle Henriot ou Jeune fille au ruban bleu is a lively and engaging portrait of Renoir's favorite model in the mid-1870s. Born in 1857, Marie Henriette Grossin, the daughter of Aline Grossin, enrolled at the Conservatoire in 1872. By 1874 she was appearing in major roles at the Theâtre de l’Ambigou-Comique and had started modeling for Renoir as a way to earn extra money. It was at this point that she assumed the surname Henriot. She posed for Renoir at the beginning of her career; in his portraits of her Renoir emphasized her innocence and fragility.

Most of Renoir’s models between 1875 and 1883 (aside from commissioned portraits) were from the working class—seamstresses, flower sellers, milliners, actresses and dancers at the Moulin de la Galette—who agreed to pose in order to earn a little extra cash. Discussing the prominence of Henriot in Renoir's paintings of this period, Colin Bailey writes: “Between 1874 and 1876 Henriot modeled for five of Renoir’s most ambitious full-length pictures and at least seven smaller works. She appears fully and fashionably dressed in La Parisienne, draped and damp in La Source; seated in the shade with a suitor in The Lovers; in Troubadour costume in The Page, and as the protective elder sister in La Promenade" (C. Bailey, Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting (exhibition catalogue), The Frick Collection, New York, 2012, p. 65).

Renoir's skills as a portraitist are evident in the deft handling of the looser brushstrokes in the background, the chair and the attire of Henriot. The smaller, more precise paint applications on the figure's face center on the eyes and brows, while still preserving Renoir's characteristic light and ethereal handling of the medium. The contemporary critic Théodore Duret wrote of the artist's skill as a portrait painter stating: “Renoir excels at portraits. Not only does he catch the external features, but through them he pinpoints the model’s character and inner self. I doubt whether any painter has ever interpreted women in a more seductive manner. The deft and lively touches of Renoir’s brush are charming, supple and unrestrained, making flesh transparent and tinting the cheeks and lips with a perfect living hue. Renoir’s women are enchantresses (reprinted in Histoire des peintres impressionists, Paris, 1922, pp. 27-28).

Mademoiselle Henriot ou Jeune fille au ruban bleu has important early provenance. One of its early owners was Walter Halvorsen, the noted Norwegian dealer and art critic who brought works by the French Impressionists to Scandinavia. Halvorsen discovered his love of the Impressionists while studying in Paris with Henri Matisse in the early years of the twentieth-century. This canvas later entered the collection of Justin K. Thannhauser in the 1920s where it remained into the 1940s, travelling with much of his collection to the United States. In the 1960s Thannhauser bequeathed the essential works of his collection to Solomon R. Guggenheim's Museum, shortly after it reopened at its new location in the Frank Lloyd Wright building on Fifth Avenue in New York City.