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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR & SARA JO KOBACKER

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
CLAUDE RENOIR ENFANT (TÊTE DE CLAUDE)
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR & SARA JO KOBACKER

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
CLAUDE RENOIR ENFANT (TÊTE DE CLAUDE)
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 375,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841-1919
CLAUDE RENOIR ENFANT (TÊTE DE CLAUDE)
Stamped Renoir. (upper right)
Oil on canvas
16 3/4 by 12 1/4 in.
42.5 by 31 cm
Painted circa 1903.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Renoir Digital Catalogue Raisonné, currently being prepared under the sponsorship of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Provenance

Estate of the artist
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the above)
Germaine Leconte, Paris
Lord Rothschild, Cambridge
Marlborough Fine Art, London
Sale: Sotheby's, London, April 21, 1971, lot 20
Paul Pétridès, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
Sam Salz, New York
Acquired from the above on June 24, 1974

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Renoir, 1936, n.n.

Literature

Bernheim-Jeune, ed., L'Atelier de Renoir, vol. II, Paris, 1931, no. 437, illustrated pl. 141
Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, vol. V, Paris, 2014, no. 4269, illustrated p. 380 (dated 1912)

Catalogue Note

Portraiture was central to Renoir's aesthetic. Of all the Impressionists he was perhaps the one who most excelled at this genre and infused the artistic tradition with new force and vibrancy. Renoir's success gave him the financial security to be selective with his commissions and focus on themes of his own choosing. He thus turned his attention to depicting members of his family. This charming portrait of Claude, Renoir’s third child born from his union with Aline Charigot whom he had married in 1890, is a lively depiction of one of the artist’s favorite subjects: his children. Renoir had painted numerous commissioned portraits of children in the earlier phase of his career, but following the births of Pierre in 1885, Jean in 1894 and Claude in 1901 he frequently turned to his sons as a source of inspiration. Much like with Aline, whom Renoir depicted in a variety of settings and guises, it was through his children that he sought to capture their growth and transition from infants to young boys. This work provides insight into Renoir’s artistic process and indeed bears testament to the importance of the family life he sought to capture in his work. 

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