Renoir, Claude Renoir, de Trois-Quarts à Droite (Claude Renoir, Three-Quarters to the Right), 1908

Artist: Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title:Claude Renoir, de Trois-Quarts à Droite (Claude Renoir, Three-Quarters to the Right), 1908
Reference:Stella 18, Delteil 18
Medium:Original Etching
Image Size:25 1/4 in x 20 3/4 in (64.1 cm x 52.7 cm)
Sheet Size:29 7/8 in x 24 3/8 in (75.9 cm x 61.9 cm)
Framed Size:45 1/4 in x 41 in (114.9 cm x 104.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Condition:This work is in great condition; a bright, bold impression throughout
ID #w-2136

Historical Description

Turning frequently to his family for inspiration, this intimate image is a notional rendering of the artist's youngest son, Claude, who frequently served as one of Renoir’s favored subjects. Executed in a gestural fashion, the artist manipulates light and form to capture the jubilant contours of the child's face.

Claude Renoir, son of the artist, was born in 1901 when Pierre-Auguste Renoir was already 60 years of age. Michel Ferloni and Dominique Spies state, "it must have been a great joy for the nearly helpless Renoir to follow the smile or the games of this marvelous little being with chubby cheeks, still free as the air and bouncing with life, who was his son" (Ferloni, 56). This sense of fascination with his son is evident in the artist's delicate rendering of the petit nose and delicate lips. The child appears to be studying something just beyond the picture plane with an intent glare of childish curiosity.

Created in 1908, this original etching is from the second state in black and white before the canceled plate.  Numbered 55/100 in pencil in the lower left margin, this work was printed on fine, laid paper with wide margins and a faint plate mark all around.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Delteil, L. (1999). Pierre-Auguste Renoir, L’œuvre grave et lithographié, Catalogue Raisonné. Hyman, A. (Ed.). Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: San Francisco. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 18 on pgs. 36-7.

2. Stella, J.G. The Graphic Work of Renoir, Catalogue Raisonné. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 18.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir Claude Renoir, Three-Quarters to the Right (Claude Renoir, de Trois-Quarts à Droite ), is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Romantic Classic Under $15k