Standing Bather

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Standing Bather

c. 1885

Female bathers were among Renoir’s favorite subjects in the mid-1880s. This small work may have been a preparatory study for a larger canvas. The regular brushstrokes and sharp-edged contours are typical of the artist’s style in this period, distinct from the softer, more fluid technique characteristic of his earlier paintings.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 17 1/16 x 10 3/4 in. (43.3 x 27.3 cm) Frame: 23 x 16 3/4 x 2 1/16 in. (58.4 x 42.5 x 5.2 cm)
Object Number 1955.605
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1938
Status Off View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Standing Bather, c. 1885, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.605.


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.


Boskowitz, Paris, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 4 May 1892; [Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York, 1892–1919, sold to Henderson, 15 Dec. 1919]; Hunt Henderson, New Orleans (from 1919); [Jacques Seligmann, New York, sold to Durand-Ruel, New York, 3 Mar. 1937]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, sold to Clark, 10 Nov. 1938]; Robert Sterling Clark (1938–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.