Père Fournaise

Alphonse Fournaise owned a restaurant and boat-rental business on an island in the river Seine near Paris. The proprietor may have commissioned this portrait to thank Renoir, a regular customer, for bringing in business. The painting records an informal moment: Fournaise smokes his pipe at a table on which two glasses of beer stand—one for the sitter and one, perhaps, for the painter.


Alphonse Fournaise, the sitter, Chatou (d. 1905); [Gaston-Alexandre Camentron, Paris, in 1905, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 4 Dec. 1905]; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, from 1905]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, probably by 1934, sold to Clark, 26 June 1939]; Robert Sterling Clark (1939–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Père Fournaise


Oil on canvas

22 1/8 x 18 1/2 in. (56.2 x 47 cm) Frame: 27 5/8 x 24 3/8 in. (70.2 x 61.9 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1939