Renoir, Jeune fille en buste et etudes de têtes (ou Gabrielle) [Three Sketches of Faces, Gabrielle]

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Artist: Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Title: Jeune fille en buste et etudes de têtes (ou Gabrielle) [Three Sketches of Faces, Gabrielle]
Medium: Original Lithograph
Image Size: 10 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in (27 cm x 21 cm)
Sheet Size: 17 1/8 in x 13 in (43.4 cm x 33 cm)
Framed Size: 29 3/4 in x 26 7/8 in (75.6 cm x 68.3 cm)
Signature: Initialed 'R' in the lower right corner in the stone.
Condition: This work is in very good condition
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ID # w-2985

According to Delteil, Gabrielle Renard (1878-1959), the subject of this piece, was Renoir's long time maid. In this exquisite work, Renoir depicts three sketches of his beloved maid, two smaller sketches on the bottom and one large central bust. He conveys his subject as dignified with dark, thick eyebrows and hair pulled back with curled tendrils hanging loosely down. Renoir focuses on the face of Gabrielle, shading with dark lines to add a sense of depth and detail to her face. He only lightly conveys her collared garment, which softly blends with the background whereas the three bold depictions of Gabrielle's face stand out to the viewer. Renoir positions Gabrielle at a slight angle, yet her piercing eyes stare directly at the viewer, relaying the impression that she is a strong, confident woman.

This original lithograph is initialed 'R' in the lower right corner in the stone. From the edition of 100. Stella notes that André Clot, son of Auguste Clot, has told A.G. Mazo that this lithograph consisting of three sketched heads of Gabrielle is an original by Renoir (catalogue no. 58).

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, 1999, listed on page 124-125 as plate 57.

2. Stella, Joseph G., The Graphic Work of Renoir, 1962, listed as plate 58.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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

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