Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Danse à la Campagne (Dance in the Country)

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Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title: La danse à la campagne (The Dance in the Country)
Reference: Delteil 2; Stella 2
Medium: Etching on wove paper
Image Size: 8 5/8 in x 5 1/4 in (21.9 cm x 13.3 cm)
Sheet Size: 12 3/4 in x 9 7/8 in (32.4 cm x 25.1 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 23 3/4 in x 20 7/8 in (60.3 cm x 53 cm)
Edition: This soft-ground etching, created in c.1890, is pulled from the only state of this work.
Signature: A signature stamp by the artist appears in black in the lower right margin (see Lugt 2137a).
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ID # w-6179

Pierre-Auguste Renoir brings his subjects to life in La Danse à la Campagne (Dance in the Country), 2e planche, c. 1890, so much so that you can almost imagine the music. The people depicted in this etching are Renoir’s brother Edmond and Suzanne Valadon. Using swift and careful lines, Renoir creates areas of dark and light that add incredible depth to the image. The lines are expressive of movement, and Renoir captures this lively moment in time. The woman’s dress sweeps up as she is spun around the dance floor by the gentleman. His own coat flairs out as they dance. These little moments of movement bring truth to the entire etching.

Created circa 1890, this etching on wove paper is stamped with the signature of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, 1841- Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919) in the lower right margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Dance in the Country (La Danse à la Campagne), 2e planche, c. 1890 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 sale of the work).

1. Delteil, Loys with Alan Hyman, ed. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Etchings & Lithographs: Catalogue Raisonné, San Francisco, 1999. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 2 on pgs. 4-5.

2. Stella, Joseph. The Graphic Work of Renoir. Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale Museum of Arts, 1951. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 2.

3. Lugt, Frits. Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes – Supplément, San Francisco, 1988. Signature stamp listed and illustrated as cat. no. 2137a on pg. 315.

4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pierre-Auguste Renoir Dance in the Country (La Danse à la Campagne), 2e planche, c. 1890 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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