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PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR | Femme assise dans une barque - fragment

40,000 - 60,000 EUR
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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Femme assise dans une barque - fragment
  • bears an inscription R (lower left)
  • watercolour on paper
  • 30,6 x 23,7 cm; 12 x 9 3/8 in.
  • Executed circa 1890.


Ambroise Vollard, Paris (acquired from the artist before 1919)
Philippe Bemberg, Paris & Lausanne
Thence by descent to the present owner


Ambroise Vollard, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paintings, Pastels and Drawings. Tableaux, Pastels et Dessins, Paris, 1918, vol. II, illustrated p. 181
Guy-Patrice et Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, vol. III, Paris, 2010, no. 2640, illustrated p. 548


Executed on cream laid paper, not laid down. Affixed to the mount along the upper edge. The right and lower edges are slightly deckled. There are strips of paper along the extreme edges of the verso and some tape remnants to the left part of the lower edge, possibly from a previous mounting. The sheet is slightly undulating. There are pinholes at the upper and lower right corners. There are a few flattened creases, notably along the right edge and to the lower right corner. The sheet is slightly lightstained and there are a few spots of foxing in places. There is some mount staining along the extreme edge. This work is in overall good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

Catalogue Note

From the Philippe Bemberg Collection
(Lots 1 - 4)

Philippe Bemberg (1919-1963) belonged to a family of collectors whose history joins different continents. The group of unique works that Sotheby's is pleased to present in this catalogue gives a great vision of this collection, built up over many years by Philippe Bemberg. 

The superb pastel drawing Jockey by Edgar Degas and Le Pont Royal, après-midi, temps couvert, 4th series, in soft colours by Camille Pissarro (sale on March 23, 2018) are without doubt masterpieces. 

Originally from Cologne in Germany, the Bembergs were already skilled businessmen with the growth of Great Commerce and the Enlightenment in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the middle of the 19th century, Otto Bemberg (1827-1895) developed in Argentina and in Europe, in particular in Germany and France, a considerable amount of activity in banking, restauration, large scale agriculture and diplomacy. The varied nature of the different domains announced what proved to the eclectic nature of his descendants as businessmen, collectors and philanthropists. 
The high quality of the works in this collection offers a large panorama of the late 19th century and the early 20th century: Corot, Vuillard, Boudin, Renoir, Vlaminck, Derain and a few others. Philippe Bemberg's sure eye meant he was drawn to a few, rarer artists such as Valadon, Villon and Lebourg. The history of art in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century is resumed here through its most exceptional works.

This family of patrons was directly involved with the artists: Herman Bemberg (1859-1931), great-uncle of Philippe Bemberg was an interesting Belle Epoch composer and Georges Bemberg (1915-2011), his cousin, passionate about ancient and modern painting and furniture, created a foundation located today in the Hôtel d'Assezat in Toulouse.

It is rare to find such a coherent and high quality group of works. Philippe Bemberg's collection was kept until today by his nephews and nieces, and includes important works by a few of the major Impressionist and 20th century avant-garde artists. Sotheby's is delighted to put this collection up for auction, the result of the Bemberg family's vision of modern painting.

Pierre Mothes, Vice-Président, Sotheby's France

This work will be included in the forthcoming Renoir Digital Catalogue Raisonné, being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.