1905 Lithograph on Paper 18"x22" framed, 9.25"x12.5" unframed
Plate stamped in lower left. Framed in a restored vintage wood wide-faced frame with textured detailing over the face in a gold finish using warm white archival matting with clear spacers behind conservation clear glass. Fair vintage condition with some paper discoloration across the paper from the left hand corner to the right hand-side.
From the estate of Edyth and Phillip Bassett.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was celebrated in the early twentieth century as one of the greatest modern French painters, not only for his work as an Impressionist but also for the uncompromising aesthetic of his late works. Famed for his sensual nudes and charming scenes of pretty women, Auguste Renoir was a far more complex and thoughtful painter than generally assumed. He was a founding member of the Impressionist movement, nevertheless he ceased to exhibit with the group after 1877. From the 1880s until well into the twentieth century, he developed a monumental, classically inspired style that influenced such avant-garde giants as Pablo Picasso. Renoir began his artistic career as a porcelain painter; however, his ambitions to become a professional artist prompted him to seek other instruction. He began copying paintings at the Louvre in 1860 and eventually entered the studio of the academic artist Charles Gleyre, where he met Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley.
As he aged, Renoir continued to use his trademark feathery brushstrokes to depict primarily rural and domestic scenes. His work, however, proved to be more and more physically challenging for the artist. Renoir first battled with rheumatism in the mid-1890s and the disease plagued him for the rest of his life. The world-renowned Renoir continued to paint until his death. He lived long enough to see one of his works bought by the Louvre in 1919, a tremendous honor for any artist.