Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Watercolor with gouache highlights on thick cream wove paper
Image: 8 3/16 x 6 5/16 in. (20.8 x 16 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This watercolor is a masterpiece of spontaneous portraiture. The precise layering of watercolor and gouache creates delicate tonal variations in the context of a particularly unforgiving medium. Renoir’s deft handling of his watercolors brings the figure vibrantly to life. The sitter, who appears in several works by Renoir, may be Aline Charigot, the woman he married in 1885 and the mother of his first son, Pierre.
Signature: Signed in charcoal (lower right): R
Ambroise Vollard, Paris; not established. Robert Lehman (acquired from Lilli Wulf, New York, October 19, 1949)