Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm)
Gift of Kathryn B. Miller, 1964
Not on view
This is one of many paintings that Renoir made in the 1890s of stylish young women in modish hats. He repeated the subject often, even at the end of the decade, when the extravagant hats had become unfashionable and his dealer tried to discourage him from producing more.
Inscription: Signed (lower left): Renoir
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1891–92; bought from the artist, June 11, 1891, for Fr 250; sold March 22, 1892, for Fr 1,000 to Lesueur]; J. Lesueur, Paris (from 1892); Marcel Kapferer, Paris; Mrs. Marie Harriman, New York; Kathryn Bache (Mrs. Gilbert) Miller, New York (until 1964; life interest, 1964–d. 1979)
Paris. Galeries Durand-Ruel. "Exposition A. Renoir," May 1892, no. 109 (as "Femme au chapeau," lent by M. J. Lesueur).
New York. Acquavella Galleries. "Four Masters of Impressionism," October 24–November 30, 1968, no. 16 (as "Jeune fille au chapeau," lent by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Miller).
New York. Wildenstein & Co., Inc. "Renoir, the Gentle Rebel," October 24–November 30, 1974, no. 47 (as "Young Girl in a Pink and Black Hat").
Tokyo. Tobu Museum of Art. "Exposition Auguste Renoir," July 24–September 15, 1993, no. 11 (as "Jeune fille au chapeau rose et noir").
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Exposition Auguste Renoir," October 2–31, 1993, no. 11.
Kasama Nichido Museum of Art. "Exposition Auguste Renoir," November 3–30, 1993, no. 11.
Chiba. Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art. "Renoir: Modern Eyes," April 3–May 16, 1999, no. 7 (as "Young Girl in a Pink-and-Black Hat").
Miyagi Museum of Art. "Renoir: Modern Eyes," May 25–July 4, 1999, no. 7.
Sapporo. Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. "Renoir: Modern Eyes," July 15–August 29, 1999, no. 7.
Sendai, Japan. Miyagi Museum of Art. "Image of Color: Pierre-Auguste Renoir," January 14–April 16, 2017, no. 30.
J[ean].-G[abriel]. Goulinat. "À propos du métier de Renoir." L'art vivant 60 (July 1933), p. 294, ill.
Michel Florisoone. Renoir. Paris, 1937, p. 166, ill. p. 53 [English ed., 1938].
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, pp. 148–49, ill., dates it between 1875 and 1879.
François Daulte. Auguste Renoir: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 1, Figures. Lausanne, 1971, unpaginated, no. 595, ill., dates it 1890.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 158–59, ill. (color), distinguishes this and other bust-length paintings of young women with stylish hats of the 1890s from Renoir's pictures of women in millinery shops done in the 1880s.
Yoshihiro Nakatani. Exposition Auguste Renoir. Exh. cat., Tobu Museum of Art. [Tokyo?], 1993, pp. 52–53, 58, no. 11, ill. (color), suggests the influences of Watteau and Fragonard.
AF/YS. Renoir: Modern Eyes. Exh. cat., Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art. Sapporo, 1999, pp. 36–37, no. 7, ill. (color), remarks that both of Renoir's parents made clothing, his father as a tailor and his mother as a seamstress, and that this stimulated his interest in female portraits wearing elaborate costumes and hats, which were required for upper-class women to wear outdoors.
Guy-Patrice Dauberville and Michel Dauberville. Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. Vol. 3, 1895–1902. Paris, 2010, pp. 288–89, no. 2210, ill., as "vers 1895".