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Invoice from Durand-Ruel Corp., New York, to Robert Sterling Clark, for purchase of one painting. Dated 3 May 1926.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Blonde Bather


Renoir painted this work while traveling in Italy; the model is probably Aline Charigot, who later became his wife. The simplicity of the composition gives the nude a monumental presence that suggests a timeless image of womanhood. Renoir was inspired in this approach by the ancient Roman and Italian Renaissance art he saw on his trip, which he described as representing “eternal beauty.”

Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 32 1/8 x 25 3/4 in. (81.6 x 65.4 cm) Frame: 41 7/8 x 35 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. (106.4 x 90.5 x 11.4 cm)
Object Number 1955.609
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955
Status On View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Bather, 1881, oil on canvas. Clark Art Institute, 1955.609


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The artist, to Henri Vever, Paris (1882–1897, his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1–2 Feb. 1897, no. 96, sold to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1897–1926, sold to Clark, 2 July 1926, as Baigneuse]; Robert Sterling Clark (1926–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.