Thérèse Berard

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Thérèse Berard was the niece of one of Renoir's primary patrons, the diplomat and banker Paul Berard. When the artist made this painting in the late 1870s, he was developing a reputation as a skilled portraitist. The brushwork is delicate and the palette is restrained compared to his more experimental work from this period, perhaps because Renoir acknowledged that with a portrait, “it’s necessary for a mother to recognize her daughter.”


Édouard Berard, father of the sitter, Paris (from 1879); Thérèse Berard, later Mrs. Albert Thurneyssen, Paris and Wessling (Ger.) (until 1938, sold to Clark, Sept. 1938); Stephen C. Clark, New York (1938–45, sold to Durand-Ruel, 21 Nov. 1945); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1945–46, sold to Clark, 2 Jan. 1946]; Robert Sterling Clark (1946–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Thérèse Berard


Oil on canvas

22 x 18 7/16 in. (55.9 x 46.8 cm) Frame: 31 5/8 x 28 1/16 in. (80.3 x 71.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1946