Arts Everyday Living: Collecting Impressionism, III—The Sweet Smile of A Renoir

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COLLECTING IMPRESSIONISM, III

THE SWEET SMILE OF A RENOIR

 

Delphine Legrand would have been a middle aged woman when her endearing portrait by Renoir (1841-1919) left her family’s possession around 1910, destined for the gallery of the Bernheim-Jeune firm in Paris.  One of the sweetest children depicted in the history of art, she was only 6 when her father Alphonse commissioned it from the still struggling artist. Legrand was then employed by Impressionist promoter Paul Durand-Ruel (see: Sunday’s blog) and would someday open his own art establishment in France’s ‘city of light.’

 

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand, 1875, oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

The source for this blog is Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market by Sylvie Patry and other art historians, catalogue of exhibition, National Gallery, London, 2015.

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Discover the art work of another Impressionist, Monet, in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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