Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel Sewing

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Marie-Thérèse Durand-Ruel Sewing


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)
Object Number 1955.613
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1935
Status On View

Image Caption

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