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L’enfant Au Biscuit (jean Renoir) by Pierre Auguste Renoir

Christopher-Clark Fine Art



Edition Size: proof impression

Image Size: 12 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches

Sheet Size: 24 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches


Condition: Excellent

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Original lithograph printed in six colors (black, grey, rose, pink, green, ochre) on Ingres d’Arches laid paper bearing the “MBM (FRANCE).”

A superb impression of the only state, from the published edition of 100 (apart from proofs with the two additional colors [white, blue] added by the printer Clot, and additional proofs in a variety experimental color combinations). Commissioned by Ambroise Vollard for the third (unissued) album d’Estampes Originales de la Galerie Vollard, Paris; printed by Auguste Clot. 

Catalog: Delteil 31; Roger-Marx6; Stella 31

In excellent condition, with fresh colors, printed on a sheet with full margins.

Collections in which impression of this lithograph can be found: Cabinet des Estampes, Paris; Kupferstich-Kabinett, Berlin; Boston Public Library, Boston; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles. 

This study of Renoir’s second son Jean was the third of the group of four major lithographs in color that Renoir drew for Vollard working in the studio of Clot.  Much of the appeal and beauty of the image lies in the subtle handling of the modeling of the features in rose-pink. Vollard intended this lithograph to be used in his third major album of mixed prints by his gallery artists.  However, lack of success with selling the first two albums forced him to abandon the third before all the intended prints were completed.  The edition of this lithograph by Renoir was issued separately around 1900.

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The Artist

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Pierre Auguste Renoir, better known as Auguste Renoir, was born in 1841 in Limoges. A great French figurative painter, he painted many portraits, landscapes and nudes, and was particularly influenced by Eugène Delacroix. He is nowadays considered one of the greatest representatives of the French impressionist movement.  Renoir began his career as an apprentice in a porcelain workshop. Then he entered the School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1862, where he met already established painter such as Monet, Bazille and Sisley, with whom he became friends. In the late 1860s, he regularly painted outdoors in the forest of Fontainebleau.

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