Child with a Bird (Mademoiselle Fleury in Algerian Costume)

Renoir painted this young girl during a visit to Algeria, then a French colony. The sitter, Mademoiselle Fleury, was probably French, but she is shown wearing what the artist described as an “Algerian costume.” While her dress and the setting are meant to evoke North Africa, the theme of young women holding birds was popular in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European paintings. Renoir exhibited this work as Child with a Bird, suggesting the image functioned both as a portrait and a genre scene.

Provenance

The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 22 May 1882; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1882–84, sold to David, 30 Dec. 1884];7 Charles Leroux, Paris (until 1888, his sale, Drouot, Paris, 27–28 Feb. 1888, no. 72, as La Fillette au faucon, sold to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1888–1909, sold to Thompson, 17 Apr. 1909]; Anna Thompson, New York (1909–28, sold to Durand-Ruel, 23 Apr. 1928); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1928–37, sold to Clark, 6 May 1937, as Fillette au faucon, 1880]; Robert Sterling Clark (1937–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Child with a Bird (Mademoiselle Fleury in Algerian Costume)

1882

Oil on canvas

49 3/4 x 30 3/4 in. (126.4 x 78.1 cm) Frame: 56 1/4 x 37 3/16 x 3 7/16 in. (142.9 x 94.5 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1937

1955.586


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