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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Bouquet of Roses

1879

In the summer of 1879, the banker and diplomat Paul Berard invited Renoir to his country house in Normandy. During his visit, the artist painted portraits of Berard’s children and made several panel decorations, this one for a door in the library. While the bouquet’s orderly arrangement is traditional, the thick brushstrokes and lively colors reflect Renoir’s Impressionist technique.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 32 13/16 x 25 3/16 in. (83.3 x 64 cm) Frame: 40 3/8 x 33 7/8 in. (102.6 x 86 cm)
Object Number 1955.592
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1933
Status On View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bouquet of Roses, 1879, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.592.

Bibliography

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.

Provenance

Paul Berard, Wargemont (d. 1905); Mme Angelot, Paris;¹ [Knoedler, New York, by 1932, sold to Clark, 25 May 1933]; Robert Sterling Clark (1933–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. According to Knoedler invoice in the Clark’s curatorial file.

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