Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Enfants jouant à la balle (Children Playing Ball), c. 1900

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title:Enfants jouant à la balle (Children Playing Ball), c. 1900
Reference:Stella 32, Delteil 32
Medium:Original color lithograph pulled in 10 colors on Arches Ingres laid paper
Image:23 5/8 in x 20 1/16 in (60 in x 51 cm)
Sheet:28 1/8 in x 23 7/8 in (71.4 cm x 60.6 cm)
Framed:45 1/16 in x 41 3/16 in (115.1 cm x 104.6 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 200 proofs pulled in 10 colors; printed by Auguste Clot, published by Ambroise Vollard. Stone effaced after printing, making this edition very rare; one of only 4 color prints ever created by Renoir.
Signature:Signed by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, 1841- Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919) in black in the stone in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4195

Historical Description

This exquisite color lithograph is world-renowned and highly recognized to be Renoir's best print. Each of the 10 colors found in the composition makes way for a stunningly captivating glimpse into these children's world; they are completely immersed in their carefree playground of a charmingly over-grown field on a bright summer's day. Not only do we see an intricate composition of four characters, we are welcomed into the work through its grand scale and sunny disposition.

Examples of this piece have been exhibited in public collections all over the world, including the Cabinet des Estampes, Paris; Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresde; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New York Public Library; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Signed by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, 1841- Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919) in black in the stone in the lower right, this work is from the edition of 200 printed by Auguste Clot and published by Ambroise Vollard. Pulled in 10 colors on Arches Ingres laid paper, this work is one of only 4 color prints created by Renoir. Also known by another title, La Récolte des Pommes de Terre (The Gathering of Apples).

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.Stella, J. G. The Graphic Work of Renoir - Catalogue Raisonné. Listed and illustrated both as catalogue raisonné no. 32 and also as the cover image to the text.

2. 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. 32 on pgs. 70-1.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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