Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel was the eldest daughter of the influential art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who commissioned Renoir to paint each of his five children. She is shown engrossed in needlework, in the garden of her family's Normandy home. The delicate modulations of color and tone in the painting of her face and hands provide a striking contrast to the vigorous, sketchy brushwork of her surroundings.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||25 9/16 x 21 1/4 in. (64.9 x 54 cm) Frame: 35 1/2 x 31 7/16 in. (90.2 x 79.9 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1935|
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel Sewing, 1882, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.613.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris, father of the sitter (from 1882–possibly until d. 1922); Mrs. Félix André Aude (Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel), Paris (by 1925); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 23 July 1935]; Robert Sterling Clark (1935–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955