Sale: 545 / Evening Sale, Dec. 08. 2023 in Munich Lot 37


Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Femme assise dans un paysage, 1918.
Oil on canvas
€ 300,000 - 400,000

$ 315,000 - 420,000

Femme assise dans un paysage. 1918.
Oil on canvas.
With the signature stamp (Lugt 2137 b) in lower left. With a faded rounded stamp on the reverse, there also with several labels, ownership entries and hand-written inscriptions and numbers. 38 x 46 cm (14.9 x 18.1 in).
Find more works from this remarkable private collection in our 19th Century Art Sale on Saturday, December 9, 2023 (see also our auction preview "Humor, Poetry, Beauty. Works from a German Private Collection").

• Art-historically significant provenance: Jean Renoir, son of the artist, Barbazanges and Bernheim Jeune, two of the most important Parisian Impressionist galleries, and the art dealer, collector and patron Paul Guillaume.
• Painted at his villa "Les Collettes" in Cagnes sur-Mer near Nice.
• The model was Madeleine Bruno, the muse of his late creative years from 1910.
• In his late creative period, Renoir attained an impressionist essence of color, light and nature.
• Characterized by a tremendous painterly joy, we see a work in his signature style in the colors of the south.
• In 2022, the Städel Museum, Frankfurt shone a new light on the artist in the grand exhibition "Renoir. Rococo Revival"

Accompanied by a photo expertise issued by the Wildenstein Institute, Paris, from September 7, 2001. The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Paris, has included the work into the forthcoming digital catalogue raisonné of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's works.

PROVENANCE: Artist's estate.
Jean Renoir, Paris (marked "L2" on the reverse).
Galerie Barbazanges, Paris (numbered "2682" on the reverse, between 1922-1927).
Collection Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), Paris (label on the reverse).
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (inscribed "PH" on the reverse).
Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg.
Private collection Southern Germany.
Private collection Baden-Württemberg.

LITERATURE: Guy-Patrice Dauberville, Michel Dauberville, Renoir. Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, vol. 5: 1911-1919 & Ier supplément, Paris 2014, p. 148, cat. no. 3872 (fig.).
Bernheim-Jeune/Albert André, L’Atelier de Renoir, Paris 1931, t. II, plate 202, no. 646 (fig.).

“When Renoir finally settled there, the estate 'Les Collettes' with its bright house surrounded by greenery, the large olive trees with their gnarled and cracked trunks that seemed to be made of gray stone, and the numerous orange trees, some covered with fruit, others still in bloom, an abundance that formed a fragrant forest in spring, offered a soothing atmosphere. Eventually, the multitude of shapes and colors of the plants that grew everywhere enlivened the garden, in which Renoir wanted nature to retain its freedom."
Georges Rivière (1855-1943), art critic, artist and a close friend of Renoir, in: Renoir et ses amis, Paris 1921, p. 250.

Called up: December 8, 2023 - ca. 18.12 h +/- 20 min.

Alongside Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir was one of the first painters of the new Impressionist movement that became established in Paris in the mid-1870s. From the beginning on, landscapes occupied a key position in the artistic endeavors of the loose group, which usually congregated in changing constellations for exhibitions. Accompanying the bourgeoisie in their leisure activities and away from academic conventions, the painters went out into nature, often into the countryside around Paris. Walks in parks, on the banks of the rivers and in the forests surrounding Paris, picnics and boat trips became characteristic motifs. Often painted right in front of the subject and plein-air, light reflections, atmospheric moods, and the dazzling prismatic disintegration of the sun's rays became the central pictorial content. Renoir in particular allowed himself great coloristic freedom in his depictions of landscapes, in which he embedded the figures. Interspersed with light blue, yellow, and rosy color accentuation, the female figure, adorned with the flowered hat that is so typical of Renoir, blends in with the vivid landscape. The southern light of his last residence Villa Les Collettes in Cagnes-sur-mer near Nice breaks through in the bright range of his palette. Such smaller-sized subjects as this one, painted in the last year of his life, underscore the immense importance of his late creative phase. Plagued by rheumatoid arthritis, Renoir had repeatedly gone to the South of France around the turn of the century, deciding to move into Villa Les Collettes, where he also had a small studio cottage in the adjacent park, where he, sitting under a parasol directly in front of the subject, created several of his most beautiful paintings. After his death, some of these last paintings remained at that studio while his artistic estate was split up between his three sons. The reverse side of the present painting provides testimony to its provenance history: it came into the possession of his second son, the future film director Jean Renoir, who was awarded the Oscar for his lifetime achievement in 1975. Sold through the prestigious Parisian Impressionist gallery Barbazanges, the painting subsequently became part of the collection of Paul Guillaume, art dealer and important collector, who provided the basic inventory for today's Musée de l'Orangerie. It had its last stop in Paris at the important modernist Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. [KT]


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