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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
LA FONTAINE OR JEUNE FILLE PRÈS D'UNE FONTAINE
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 435,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
LA FONTAINE OR JEUNE FILLE PRÈS D'UNE FONTAINE
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 435,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841 - 1919
LA FONTAINE OR JEUNE FILLE PRÈS D'UNE FONTAINE
signed Renoir (lower left)
oil on canvas
46.8 by 30.5cm., 18 7/8 by 12 1/8 in.
Painted in 1885.
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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

Ambroise Vollard, Paris (acquired from the artist)
Paul Rosenberg, Paris (acquired from the above in 1919)
Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired from the above in June 1923)
Henri Canonne, Paris (acquired from the above in June 1925)
Oxford Galleries, London
O'Hana Gallery, London
Jean Larcade, Paris (acquired from the above. Sold: Sotheby's, London, 29th November 1967, lot 31)
Malingue, Paris (purchased at the above sale)
Mr & Mrs Jack S. Josey, Houston (acquired by 1976)
Hammer Galleries, New York
Private Collection, London (acquired from the above in 1980)
Sale: Marc-Arthur Kohn, Paris, 30th July 2011, lot 8
Private Collection (Sold: Sotheby's, London, 20th June 2013, lot 380)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Félix Fénéon, Guillaume Janneau & Adolphe Tabarant (eds.), Le Bulletin de la vie artistique, Paris, 15th October 1923, illustrated, n.p.
Ambroise Vollard, Tableaux, Pastels et Dessins de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, San Francisco, 1989, no. 561, illustrated p. 141
Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville (eds.), Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, Paris, 2010, vol. III, no. 2171, illustrated p. 265

Catalogue Note

In La Fontaine or Jeune fille près d'une fontaine, Pierre-Auguste Renoir captures a girl using a stone water fountain, tucked away amongst the trees and flowers of a verdant garden. Painted in 1885, the present work is a sensitively characterised portrait of a young lady. Dressed all in white, she leans forward slightly with her back foot raised, steadying her pose as the water flows.

Encapsulating a scene of pure tranquility, the work exemplifies Renoir’s use of feathery brushstrokes and a pastel-toned palette, bringing together an array of soft pinks, blues, greens and yellows. 1885 was the height of the Impressionist movement, and by this point in the artist’s career, his œuvre had established a solid reputation amongst the upper class and this charming depiction of a fashionable model would have greatly appealed to the sophistication of Renoir’s patrons. Executed at the peak of the artist's powers, it displays his mastery of depicting the subtle nuances of colour and light. This distinctive radiance, achieved through open and active brushwork, was due in part to his response to French Rococo painting. Renoir successfully recaptures the vivacity and joie de vivre displayed by the eighteenth-century masters, namely Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Antoine Watteau and François Boucher.

The present work was owned by both Ambroise Vollard and Bernheim-Jeune, two of the three principal dealers in Paris at the time (along with Durand-Ruel). This notable provenance is testament to the importance of the painting.

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