Femme nue etendue

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in February of 1841 in Limoges, France. He started his career as a porcelain painter at age 13 and saved up enough money so that he could one day afford art school. Like Renoir, the Impressionist group had a fondness of this new life and it was emblematic in shaping their styles and modes of expression. They chose to depict real life in the modern world through urban landscapes, cafes and theatres. These were all emblems of the leisurely activities the new class of bourgeoisie enjoyed. With the help of Vollard, Renoir was able to create a series based on his life’s paintings. By using a multiple-plate process, the Life & Work series is full of bright vivid colors reminiscent of their origins in oil paints and pastels.


Year: 1919
Medium: Etching
Image size: 11 x 8 ½ in.
Edition: Unnum./1,000 
Printer: By permission of Estate Vollard
Publisher: Vollard
Catalog ref: N/A
Signature: Embossed “VOLLARD”


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