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The Farm at Les Collettes, Cagnes

Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 25 3/4in. (54.6 x 65.4cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charlotte Gina Abrams, in memory of her husband, Lucien Abrams, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
In 1907 Renoir purchased the estate of Les Collettes at Cagnes on the Mediterranean near Nice. He moved there in autumn 1908. The estate, with its picturesque farmhouse, its groves of olive and orange trees, and the views it afforded of the hilly countryside, provided the artist with major motifs for his late landscapes. This painting, executed in a fluid manner and suffused by the bright light of southern France, is one of several representations of the farm framed by olive trees painted between 1908 and 1914. Renoir's use of trees as a visual screen recalls Cézanne's method of integrating foreground and background space.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Renoir.
the artist, Cagnes-sur-Mer (until d. 1919; his estate); [Jos Hessel, until 1937, sold in February to Durand-Ruel]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1937; stock no. NY 5338, sold July 12 for $10,000 to Abrams]; Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Abrams, Old Lyme, Conn. (from 1937–his d. 1941); Charlotte Gina (Mrs. Lucien) Abrams, Old Lyme, Conn. (1941–until d. 1961)
Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963, unnumbered cat. (as "The Artist's House at Cannes" [sic] [p. 45]).

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 16 (as "The Artist's House at Cagnes").

Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 16.

Portland, Maine. Portland Museum of Art. "Impressions of the Riviera," June 25–October 18, 1998, no. 63 (as "The Farm at Les Collettes, Cagnes").

Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal. "Auguste Renoir und die Landschaft des Impressionismus," October 28, 2007–January 27, 2008, unnumbered cat. (as "The Farm at Les Collettes") (p. 135).

Paris. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. "Renoir au XXe siècle," September 23, 2009–January 4, 2010, no. 45.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Renoir in the 20th Century," February 14–May 9, 2010, no. 45.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Late Renoir," June 17–September 6, 2010, no. 45.

Marseilles. Musée des Beaux-Arts, palais Longchamp. "Le Grand Atelier du Midi: De Van Gogh à Bonnard," June 13–October 13, 2013, no. 18.

Albert André. Renoir. Paris, [1919], pl. 22, calls it "La Ferme".

Albert André. L'Atelier de Renoir. Vol. 1, Paris, 1931, p. 236, no. 309, pl. 96, dates it 1908–12.

François Fosca. Renoir: His Life and Work. first American ed. 1962. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1961, p. 247, ill.

Elda Fezzi. L'opera completa di Renoir. [reprint ed., 1981]. Milan, 1972, p. 123, no. 753, ill.

John House in Impressions of the Riviera. Exh. cat., Portland Museum of Art. Portland, Maine, 1998, pp. 25, 79, no. 63, fig. 13 (color).

Lin Arison in Lin Arison and Neil Folberg. Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections. New York, 2007, ill. pp. 110, 263 (color).

Virginie Journiac in Renoir in the 20th Century. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ostfildern, 2010, pp. 90, 262–63, no. 45, ill. p. 265 (color) [French ed., "Renoir au XXe siècle," Paris, 2009], dates it about 1914.

John House in Renoir in the Barnes Foundation. New Haven, 2012, p. 205, fig. 1 (color), notes that after Renoir bought the estate in 1907, he lived in a newly built house but preserved the former owner's house, depicted in this painting.

Marie-Paule Vial in Le Grand Atelier du Midi. Exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, palais Longchamp, Marseilles. Paris, 2013, p. 280, no. 18, ill. 66 (color).

Guy-Patrice Dauberville and Michel Dauberville. Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. Vol. 5, 1911–1919 & 1er Supplément. Paris, 2014, p. 187, no. 3947, ill.

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