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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SOUTHERN COLLECTION

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
PAYSAGE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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417

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE SOUTHERN COLLECTION

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
PAYSAGE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841 - 1919
PAYSAGE
Stamped Renoir. (lower right)
Oil on canvas
7 3/4 by 13 in.
19.6 by 32.8 cm
Painted in 1894.
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This work is accompanied by an Attestation of Inclusion from the Wildenstein Institute, and it will be included in the forthcoming Renoir Digital Catalogue Raisonné, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Provenance

Durand-Ruel, Paris
Galerie Thannhauser, Berlin & New York
Dr. Sonder, Switzerland
Private Collection, Switzerland (and sold: Galerie Koller, Zurich, June 27, 2014, lot 3215)
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Bernheim-Jeune, ed., L'Atelier de Renoir, vol. I, Paris, 1931, no. 83, illustrated pl. 31
Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, 1882-1894, vol. II, Paris, 2009, no. 899A, illustrated p. 126

Catalogue Note

During the 1890s, Renoir increasingly strayed from his original Impressionist technique. He felt that the spontaneous application of pigment, without the aid of preparatory sketches or premeditated composition, led to work which lacked the monumentality and permanence which in his eyes marked truly great art. In the later years of that decade he sought to re-align draughtsmanship with painting, and to underpin the rendering of a specific view, under fleeting conditions of light, with a well-controlled composition of receding perspectives and balanced forms.

The late nineteenth century was a particularly prosperous time for Renoir. By this time, he had become recognized as one of the foremost Impressionist painters and received a significant degree of financial support from the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. This newfound financial freedom allowed him to paint en plein air with greater frequency, finding that the freshness of natural light was much more desirable to studio work. Paysage is a vivid composition created during this period of artistic growth. Renoir began to travel to the South of France annually, motivated in part by his weakening health but also in search of fresh inspiration for new paintings. In a letter to Durand-Ruel, toward the end of one of his stays in the Mediterranean, Renoir commented on the glorious weather and his newfound delight in plein-air painting: "I am cramming myself with sunshine!" He continued, "This landscape painter's craft is very difficult for me, but these three months will have taken me further than a year in the studio. Afterwards I'll come back and be able to take advantage at home of my experiments" (quoted in Barbara Ehrlich White, Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters, New York, 1984, p. 191).

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