Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 25 3/4 in. (46 x 65.4 cm)
Bequest of Julia W. Emmons, 1956
Not on view
During his trip in late summer 1883 to the English Channel island of Guernsey, Renoir painted about fifteen views of the bay and the beach of Moulin Huet, on the island's rocky southern coast. This picturesque view of the bay, seen from a vantage point favored by contemporary guidebooks, is related to three other works distinguished by their finish and by the fact that the artist signed and dated them. No doubt it was among the four Guernsey landscapes the artist sold to Durand-Ruel in the fall.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Renoir. 83.
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1891–1908, stock no. 1490; bought on August 25; sold on October 2 to Durand-Ruel]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1908–11, stock no. 3270; sold on December 29 to Emmons]; Arthur B. Emmons, New York and Newport (1911–d. 1922); Mrs. Arthur B. Emmons (Julia W.) New York and Newport (1922–d. 1956)
London. Hayward Gallery. "The Impressionists in London," January 3–March 11, 1973, no. 50 (as "Hills around the Bay of Moulin Huet").
New York. Wildenstein & Co., Inc. "Nature as Scene: French Landscape Painting from Poussin to Bonnard," October 29–December 6, 1975.
Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. "Renoir," July 9–September 18, 1988, no. 4 (as "Hills Around the Bay of Moulin Huet").
London. National Gallery. "Renoir Landscapes: 1865–1883," February 21–May 20, 2007, no. 69.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, p. 155, ill., remark that this is one of the last pictures that Renoir painted in the open, impressionistic style, before changing to the "sour" or "dry" manner; refer to another version of this landscape composition, of almost exactly the same size, which was in a private collection in Washington in 1929.
John House. Renoir, 1841–1919: Artists in Guernsey. Exh. cat., Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery. Guernsey, 1988, pp. 6, 8, 10, 16 nn. 12, 14, pp. 18, 24, 38, no. 4, ill., claims that it was probably bought by Durand-Ruel from the artist on December 15, 1883.
Colin B. Bailey inRenoir Landscapes: 1865–1883. Exh. cat., National Gallery. London, 2007, p. 74.
John Zarobell inRenoir Landscapes: 1865–1883. Exh. cat., National Gallery. London, 2007, pp. 258–59, no. 69, ill. (color), remarks that since this picture is dated and was quickly sold to Durand-Ruel after Renoir's return from Guernsey, Renoir must have "perceived a market for his landscapes by this date, despite all the adverse critical reception of his recent landscapes in the press".
Guy-Patrice Dauberville and Michel Dauberville. Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. Vol. 2, 1882–1894. Paris, 2009, pp. 94–95, no. 840, ill.
Another version of this picture, almost of the same size, was in a private collection in Washington in 1929 (see Julius Meier-Graefe, Renoir, Leipzig, 1929, p. 157, ill.)