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Beach Scene

Artist:
Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Date:
1883
Medium:
Pen and brown ink with watercolor wash on buff paper, darkened
Dimensions:
3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (8.5 x 12 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.687
Not on view
This tiny watercolor was made on the southeast coast of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel. Renoir took great delight in Guernsey, as he remarked in a letter to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. There is “no better sight than this mixture of women and men crowded together on these rocks. You would think you were in a landscape by Watteau rather than in real life. I will therefore have a source of real, graceful subjects of which I’ll be able to make use.”
Signature: Signed in graphite (lower right): A R

Inscription: Inscribed in light brown ink (center left): Lhote
Inscribed in dark brown ink (bottom margin): Le Moulin Huet
Not established. Robert Lehman [acquired from Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York(?)]
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