Woman Crocheting

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A young woman sits in a middle-class interior, absorbed in an everyday task. Her informal pose and comfortable clothing suggest that this is an image of contemporary domestic life rather than a portrait. Sunlight shines on the model’s hair and softens the contours of her body, highlighting her bare shoulder and forearm. This is the very first of more than thirty paintings by Renoir that Sterling Clark acquired for his collection.


[Durand-Ruel, Paris, before 1881, transferred to Durand-Ruel, New York, 4 May 1888];¹ [Durand-Ruel, New York, sold to Lambert, 1888]; Catholina Lambert, Paterson (1888-1916, his sale, American Art Association, New York, 22 Feb. 1916, no. 152, ill., as Girl Knitting, sold to Scott & Fowles); [Scott & Fowles, New York, sold to Clark, 16 Dec. 1916, as Girl Knitting]; Robert Sterling Clark (1916–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. According to the Durand-Ruel Archives, this painting was listed as La tricoteuse in the gallery’s stock in July 1881, but it must have been purchased earlier. It is possible that it was also the painting listed in the gallery’s stock in 1876 as Jeune fille tricotant, but this cannot be confirmed.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Woman Crocheting

c. 1875

Oil on canvas

28 15/16 x 23 3/4 in. (73.5 x 60.3 cm) Frame: 39 7/8 x 34 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (101.3 x 87.9 x 8.9 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916