Pierre Auguste Renoir Artwork Details


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Title: Portrait of Auguste Rodin Medium: Original Lithograph, in black and white, on Arches watermarked paper, circa 1900, signed with a signature stamp Reference : “L’Oeuvre grave et lithographie: Catalogue Raisonee by Loys Delteil - number 49 Roger Marx - Number 25, Johnston Number 116, Michel Melot “Les Gravures des Impressionistes” Reference 51 Note: This was made by the artist modeled on a drawing. The sculptor Rodin was a famous personage in his day and this fine portrait shows well his luxuriant beard! Roger Paseron in the book “Impressionist prints” suggests that this was a late work made as late as 1915 based on a drawing which he had made of the sculptor about 15 years before. He tells the story that Rodin called on renoir who was now, alas, crippled with arthritis and , as he was being lifted from his wheelchair said to Vollard “I’m expecting Rodin and will have to impress his face thoroughly on my mind; he has already sat for me before.... but Rodin has a very peculiar head”. Rodin duly arrived and renoir asked Vollard to prepare a sheet of paper for him on a plate, while he was being wheeled to his studio. the crayon had to be strapped to his hand. Rodin held the pose with perfect immobility, and, an hour later, his portrait was finished, so that he could leave “Les Collettes”, Renoir’s country house at Cagnes on the Riviera. There does exist a medallion, presumably in bronze, of this same subject. Size: 654 x 500 mms Edition: 200 plus some artists proofs Published by: Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France Printed by: Auguste Clot, Paris, France Public Collections: Bibliotheque National, Paris, France Boston Public Library, USA Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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