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PAINTED LIGHT: WORKS FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITABLE CAUSES

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
JETÉ DE ROSES
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PAINTED LIGHT: WORKS FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION SOLD TO BENEFIT CHARITABLE CAUSES

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
JETÉ DE ROSES
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841 - 1919年
JETÉ DE ROSES
Signed Renoir (lower right)
Oil on canvas
12 5/8  by 11 in.
32 by 27.9 cm
Painted in 1915.
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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.

來源

Sacha Guitry, Paris
Sale: Palais Galliera, Paris, June 19, 1968, lot 278
Private Collection, London (and sold: Christie's, London, December 10, 1997, lot 125)
Acquired at the above sale

出版

Sacha Guitry, 18 avenue Élisée Reclus, Paris, 1952, p. 75, illustrated n.p.
Guy-Patrice & Michel Dauberville, Renoir, Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, 1911-1919 & 1er Supplément, Paris, 2014, no. 3620, illustrated p. 16 

相關資料

Renoir's still lifes are among the most sensually appealing compositions of Impressionist art. Roses were a favorite subject of Renoir, who rendered them in his characteristically rich palette in the present work and captured the beauty of each individual flower. The artist's deceptively simple still lifes, which proved to be wildly popular among the clients of Renoir's dealer Durand-Ruel, revitalized this age-old subject with an Impressionist flair, resulting in some of the most vibrant compositions of the artist's oeuvre. These images exemplify the Impressionist techniques that Renoir and his colleague, Claude Monet, introduced at the first Impressionist group exhibition in Paris in 1874.  

As was the case for many of the Impressionist painters, Renoir did not need to rely on the trompe l’oeil techniques that had been utilized by artists for centuries in order to render this bouquet so convincingly. Instead, he drew upon his own creative ingenuity and his initial impressions of the image, rendering it with extraordinary freshness. Few artists of his generation would approach this subject with the richness and sensitivity that is demonstrated in this picture and in others that he completed in the 1870s. Renoir once said of his flower pictures, "What seems to me most significant about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story" (quoted in Peter Mitchell, European Flower Painters, London, 1973, pp. 211-12).

The first owner of the present work was the actor, director and writer of Boulevard theatre, Sacha Guitry. Guitry wrote a poem referring to Jetée de roses and his passion for collecting:

I do not know if when we have Viscose
We no longer see life in black,
But if you have a Renoir
I know we see life in pink!
For I have preached an example—and I welcome it.
Degas, Manet, Rodin—paintings, drawings, statues.
Yes, my works, that's how I list them
And that is how I locate them.
They are one hundred and twenty already in my house—witnesses
That I offered myself to myself. Witnesses Of the hundred and twenty pieces I made

—Sacha Guitry, op. cit., pp. 73-74, translated from the French

印象派及現代藝術日拍

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