modeled probably 1906 or 1907, cast probably ca. 1907
Overall (wt. confirmed): 15 7/8 × 9 1/2 in., 22.3 lb. (40.3 × 24.1 cm, 10.1 kg)
Edith Perry Chapman Fund, 1951; acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, in memory of Cornelius J. Sullivan
Not on view
Maillol modeled the bust of Auguste Renoir while the painter worked in his summer studio at Essoyes in the Champagne region of France. He portrayed Renoir as an old man, wearing his favorite hat, an old one of white cloth, whose face records the ravages of the pain of incurable arthritis. The first edition in bronze was made in 1907 for the Paris art dealer Ambroise Vollard.
Signature: Incised on underside of base: M within a circle (sculptor's monogram)
Marking: On the underside of base, raised: D
Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan , New York (until 1939; to Museum of Modern Art) ; Museum of Modern Art, New York (1939–51; sold to MMA)