Renoir, Étude pour une baigneuse (Study for a bather), c.1906

Artist: Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title:Étude pour une baigneuse (Study for a bather), c.1906
Reference:Delteil; Stella 16
Medium:Drypoint Etching
Edition:A second state impression.
Signature:Signed in the stone 'Renoir' in the lower right.
ID #w-5234

Historical Description

Under Renoir's agile hand his subjects become the very definitions of youth, joy, and grace as they inhabit a lighthearted world of delicate silhouettes and barely suggested backgrounds. In this work a young adolescent girl is depicted as she patiently sits as a model for Renoir. His expert handling of the etching medium further evokes the quiet contemplative beauty of his young female subject. What is so unique about this work is Renoir's understated handling of her body through delicate details. Her supple skin barely suggested by a few lines underneath her chest, soft flowing hair, and innocent expression are just a few of the subject's qualities that are brought to life with his nimble etching strokes.

Created c. 1906 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, 1841 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919), this work is from the second state of around 1,000 that are printed on vellum paper.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Renoir Study for a bather (Étude pour une baigneuse) 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 Gravé et Lithographié, San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 16.
  2. The Graphic Work of Renoir, by Joseph G. Stella, references as Stella 16.
  3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.


About the Framing:
Renoir Study for a bather (Étude pour une baigneuse) is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.