12 Ravishing Renoirs

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His name synonymous with the Impressionist movement, Pierre Auguste-Renoir is celebrated for his candid depictions of modern life, intimate portraits, sensuous nudes, exuberant still lifes and lush landscapes. From a charming drawing of his eldest son to a bright landscape of the Mediterranean coast, this season’s Impressionist & Modern Art sales are rich with works from across Renoir's vast œuvre.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
9 May | New York

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
10 May | New York

12 Ravishing Renoirs

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Jean Renoir.
    Estimate $900,000–1,200,000.




    A study for a painting in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, this portrait depicts Jean Renoir (1894-1978), the artist’s son who later became a legendary film director. Renoir sought to capture the intimacy and spirit of family life, particularly through one of his most cherished subjects: his children.



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  • Property from an Important Private European Collection, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Glaïeuls dans un vase. Estimate $3,800,000–4,500,000.




    One of the artist’s rare early work – signed A. Renoir, when he still included his middle initial – this painting of a spilling gladioli bouquet is notable for its “pure luxuriance.” Renoir’s still lifes, with their broad appeal, were instrumental in launching him to the status of celebrity. The work was first sold to Count Armand Doria, one of the most important early collectors of Impressionist painting.



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  • The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, Pierre-August Renoir, La Rochelle. Estimate $300,000–400,000.




    During the mid-1890s, Renoir travelled extensively and evidently stumbled upon the beautiful and culturally rich seaside town of La Rochelle, a destination that attracted many French writers and intellectuals including Voltaire and Rabelais.



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  • The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paysage du midi. Estimate $600,000–800,000.




    Paysage du Midi is an exquisite example of one of Renoir’s mature landscapes, depicting the sun-drenched terrain of the South of France. In his later landscapes, Renoir reached new heights of painterly expression. Striving to recreate fleeting moments of nature – a gust of wind, the fall of sunlight through trees – the artist imbued the present work with a sense of dynamism and energy in the form of rapidly executed, feathery brushstrokes.



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  • The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Étude de nus et de fleurs. Estimate $800,000–1,200,000.




    Several themes of Renoir’s œuvre fill the present canvas: the female nude, the exuberant still life floral composition, and the bucolic landscape. Dating from the last decade of his life, when arthritis confined much of the artist’s movements, Étude de nus et de fleurs is remarkable for its fluidity.



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  • The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Femme en chemise blanc. Estimate $600,000–800,000.




    After 1890, Renoir’s portraiture took a more private and intimate turn as commissions became harder to come by. Rather than travelling to clients’ homes, he more frequently painted family members or close friends in the comfort of his own home, generating works that subverted the strictures of traditional portraiture. Instead of being ruled by the laws of decorum, Renoir’s sitter is presented with delicacy and vulnerability in a moment of undressing.



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  • The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Femme au corsage rouge. Estimate $500,000–700,000.




    With a striking palette of reds and greens, this 1893 portrait captures the poise and serenity of its young sitter in gentle forms that characterise Renoir’s best work.



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  • Property from the Estate of Robert Rosenheim, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Buste de femme au chapeau du paille. Estimate $100,000–150,000.




    This late Renoir has been part of private collections in Switzerland and New York.



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  • Property from the Collection of Bernard & Josephine Chaus, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait de Jean Renoir. Estimate $200,000–300,000.




    An 1895 portrait of Jean Renoir  shows one of the artist’s most obedient sitters at a tender, young age. Renoir repeatedly turned to his children as a source of inspiration, in effect creating a visual diary of their growth through childhood.



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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vieux port à Marseille.
    Estimate $250,000–350,000.




    Renoir travelled to a variety of disparate locales – Algeria, Italy and the French Riviera – from 1881 to 1884. It was on these journeys that he moved away from painting purely figure-based compositions to creating a series of landscapes that recorded his new surroundings. Composed of light-toned, swift strokes, Vieux port à Marseille is from one of Renoir’s sojourns to the Mediterranean coast.



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  • Property from a Private Collection, Connecticut, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Femme au chapeau à fleurs. Estimate $350,000–450,000.




    From the early 1890s onward, Renoir created a series of portraits of young women wearing extravagantly decorated hats. Suzanne Valadon, a model for several of these portraits, recalled that his otherwise sparse studios were filled with these elaborate adornments specifically designed for his female sitters.



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  • Property of a Private West Coast Collector, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pierre Renoir ou enfant coiffé d’un beret. Estimate $20,000–30,000.




    The only charcoal drawing by Renoir in this season’s sales, this work is of the artist’s eldest son, Pierre (1885-1952), who later became a stage and film actor.



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