Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Renoir, La Tête Baissée (Claude Renoir, Head Lowered), 1904

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title:Claude Renoir, La Tête Baissée (Claude Renoir, Head Lowered), 1904
Medium:Lithograph on Japon paper
Image:8 1/2 in x 7 7/16 in (21.5 cm x 18.8 cm)
Sheet:13 1/8 in x 9 7/8 in (33.4 cm x 25 cm)
Framed:30 15/16 in x 27 11/16 in (78.5 cm x 70.1 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 950 on vellum paper (total edition of 50 on Japan, 950 on vellum); from the second state.
Signature:Signed in the stone 'Renoir' in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in pristine condition – a bold impression with wide margins and deckle edges on all sides.
ID #w-4226

Historical Description

With a down-turned head, young Claude appears in a moment of tentative immobility. His face is marked by shifting bands of light, suggesting he is either in a shaded room or outside under a tree or other foliage. The child's inquisitive stare threatens to give way at any moment to the child's developing question. Claude Renoir was born in 1901 when Renoir was 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).

Created c. 1904, this work was published in a volume of 12 lithographs entitled L'Album des Douze Lithographies Originales de Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Printed by Auguste Clot, Paris and published by Ambroise Vollard, this piece is signed in the stone 'Renoir' in the lower right. This piece is from the edition of 950 printed on vellum paper (total edition of 50 on Japan, 950 on vellum); from the second state.

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, Loys. L'Oeuvre Gravé et Lithographié. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts LLC, 1999. Listed as catalogue no. 39 on pg. 84-85.

2. Stella, Joseph G. The Graphic Work of Renoir. 1962. Listed as catalogue no. 39.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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