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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841–1919
Self-Portrait
c. 1875
Oil on canvas
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1939
1955.584

  "The Self-Portrait challenges our usual view of Renoir's art as conventionally pleasant and beautiful. It is a picture of incredible psychological insight and visual power. I think it is a testament to the range of Mr. and Mrs. Clark's taste that they saw the value of acquiring such a provocative example of their favorite artist's work. The fluid brushstrokes and rich colors convey a sense of the artist's working process, as he sought to capture his own face as directly and honestly as possible."

Michael Conforti
Director
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, Massachusetts



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