Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Etching: Baigneuse Assise(252 views)
An original Pierre-Auguste Renoir Etching.
Original softground etching printed in black ink on wove paper.
Signed with the artist's signature cachet in the margin lower right, also signed in the plate upper left.
A beautifully printed impression of the only state, from the edition published in the Ambroise Vollard book La Vie et l'œuvre de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chez Vollard, Paris, 1919 (apart from the edition of 525 printed in dark blue published by G. Boudet, Librairie Artistique, in the L. Roger-Miles book Art et Nature, Paris 1897).
Catalog: Delteil 11; Stella 11
Platemark: 8 5/8 x 5 3/8 inches Sheet size: 12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
This composition is closely related to the 1881 painting “La Baigneuse”. The model was an Italian girl whom Renoir met while travelling near Naples, but he superimposed on the figure the features of his favorite Parisian model of the period, Gabrielle.
There is a sense of light and soft modeling in Renoir's study “Baigneuse Assise” which makes it amongst the most beautiful figure images in his etched oeuvre. Although referred to as a 'Bather', evoking almost classical aesthetic ideas, the study is essentially an expression of the purely realist treatment of the theme of the nude which is so central to impressionist art. Like Degas, Renoir wanted to capture the idea of an actual person in an everyday moment of time.
At the same time as seeking to express this concept of a modern 'realism', for Renoir figure studies were also a vehicle for the expression of the visual sensation of light. In the later years of his life Renoir was concentrating on techniques which allowed him to model form almost totally in terms of light rather than contour. The more linear handling seen in the works of the 1860's and 70's gave place to a concentration on tone, and on a depiction of form, in which background shadow and softened contour blend together.
Condition Report: In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with wide margins.
Image Size: 8 5/8 x 5 3/8 inches
Sheet Size: 12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Artist or Maker: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Exhibited: Collections in which impressions of this etching can be found: Library of Congress, Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Washing, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Literature: Ambroise Vollard, Catalogue complet des editions Ambroise Vollard, Le Portique, Paris, 1930, pp. 45-46; Bernard Gheerbrandt, Souvenirs d'un marchand de tableaux, Editions Albin Michel, Paris, 1948, no. 15; Michel Melot, L'Estampe impressioniste, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1975, no. 11; Una E. Johnson, Ambroise Vollard, Editeur: Prints-Books-Bronzes, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1977, no. 197; Ralph Jentsch, Ambroise Vollard, Editeur, Hatje, Stuttgart, 1994, no. 15.
Date: c. 1897