Pierre-Auguste Renoir
c. 1904

An original Pierre-Auguste Renoir Lithograph print.

c. 1904

Original lithograph printed in black ink on China paper.

Signed on the stone below the image lower right Renoir.

richly printed proof impression of the only state of this rare lithograph, apart from the edition of 75 printed in bistre commissioned to illustrate an unrealized publication of Léon Vanier.

Catalog: Delteil 35; Roger-Marx 10; Stella 35; Leymarie R36.

3 1/8 x 4 7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 7 5/16 x 9 3/16 inche

This beautiful lithograph is one of the scarcest prints in Renoir’s oeuvre; there were only a few trial proofs printed in black, apart from an edition of 75 printed in bistre. Examples appear only very rarely on the market. The edition was commissioned by Leon Vanier around 1904 for an album that was never actually published.

Although drawn around 1904, the idea for the composition harks back to Renoir’s 1870 painting “Woman of Algiers,” and also to Manet’s “Olympia.” However, in recalling the earlier oil, Renoir treated the figure with all the emphasis on light and softened contour which is characteristic of his drawing at the end of the century.