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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.