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PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR (1841-1919)

 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
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<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
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<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.  
<br>
<br>Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD. 
<br>
<br>Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium.
Portrait de Femme188519 x 16 1/8 in.(48.26 x 40.96 cm) pastel on paper
Provenance
Collection of Dr. Hans Bethge, Berlin
Private Collection, Southern Germany
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1848-1919) was one of the Impressionist movement's central figures, admired for his soft color palette and signature brushwork that captured the ephemeral moment, freezing it in time.

Renoir was fascinated with the atmospheric effects that could be achieved with pastel, as it best captured the essence and subtlety of light. His pastels were the source of experimentation with new printing mediums as he worked in collaboration with the French art publisher and dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to create pastel counterproofs, or reverse impressions on separate sheets mirroring the original. This exploration demonstrates how vital the pastel drawings were to the master. Works on paper by Renoir are an attractive complement to the oil paintings, which can sell at auction for up to $78,000,000 USD.

Renoir's pastel drawings allowed the artist to explore his subject spontaneously. "Portrait de femme" (1885) was held in a private European collection for many years and exhibits Renoir's mastery of the pastel medium.
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“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Top Pastel Results at Auction

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“La Lecture” (1889), pastel on paper, 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 08 May 2007 for $5,024,000 USD
"Portrait de Cézanne" (1880), pastel on paper, 21 x 17 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 02 May 2012 for $4,226,500 USD
“Portrait de Cézanne” (1880), pastel on paper, 21 x 17 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 02 May 2012 for $4,226,500 USD
"Portrait de Madeleine Adam" (1887), pencil and pastel, 21 x 17 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 09 May 1989 for $2,860,000 USD
“Portrait de Madeleine Adam” (1887), pencil and pastel, 21 x 17 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 09 May 1989 for $2,860,000 USD

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"Portrait de Jeanne Samary" (1880), pastel on paper, 23 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 04 May 2011 for $1,106,500 USD
“Portrait de Jeanne Samary” (1880), pastel on paper, 23 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 04 May 2011 for $1,106,500 USD
"Portrait de bébé" (1878), pastel on paper, 21 x 16 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 21 June 2011 for $936,790 USD
“Portrait de bébé” (1878), pastel on paper, 21 x 16 3/4 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 21 June 2011 for $936,790 USD
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Works on Paper in Museum Collections

"Portrait of Séverine" (1885–87), charcoal and unfixed pastel on paper, 23 1/2 x 18 1/4 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Portrait of Séverine” (1885–87), charcoal and unfixed pastel on paper, 23 1/2 x 18 1/4 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
"Splashing Figure" (Study for “The Large Bathers”) (1884/85), Red, white, and black chalk, with stumping, and black Conté crayon on tan wove (tracing) paper, laid down on canvas, 39 x 25 in., The Art Institute of Chicago
“Splashing Figure” (Study for “The Large Bathers”) (1884/85), Red, white, and black chalk, with stumping, and black Conté crayon on tan wove (tracing) paper, laid down on canvas, 39 x 25 in., The Art Institute of Chicago
"Untitled" (1890), opaque red and white chalk on paper, 15 1/4 x 12 in., The British Museum, London
“Untitled” (1890), opaque red and white chalk on paper, 15 1/4 x 12 in., The British Museum, London
"A Girl Reading", charcoal on paper, 24 11/16 x 19 1/8 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“A Girl Reading”, charcoal on paper, 24 11/16 x 19 1/8 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is the essential. You come to Nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Museum Exhibitions

“Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. January 21 – April 26, 2009
“Renoir: The Body, The Senses” at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. October 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020
“Renoir: Intimacy” at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. October 18, 2016 to January 22, 2017

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