Description & Technical information

Gabrielle Renard, shown here, was a close friend of Aline Renoir, wife of the famous artist. In 1894, when she was sixteen, she took care of the couple's three children in their Parisian home. As Renoir's health worsened, the family decided to leave for Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1903,taking Gabrielle Renard with them. The painter's family and household entourage were greatly significant to him on both artistic and personal levels. Gabrielle very quickly became Renoir's most important model. She figures in countless portraits depicting scenes of daily life with the children.

This work is a double study for the painting : Gabrielle en rouge (1903-1905), a portrait filled with heartfelt empathy for the gentleness of the woman who dedicated her life to caring for the children of the Renoir family.


Date:  circa 1903-1905
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30.5 x 28.2 cm (12 x 11¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Inheritance Renoir, Claude Renoir, Cagnes.
Floyd and Gladys Rockmore Davis, New York, bought from Claude Renoir, 1932.
O'Hana Gallery, London.

Literature: Ambroise Vollard, L'Atelier de Renoir, Tome I, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1931, illustrated under the n°315, p.97.
Galerie Hervé, A. Renoir, Exhibition Catalogue, Montreal, 1967.
Guy-Patrice, Michel Dauberville, Renoir : Catalogue Raisonné des Tableaux, Pastels, Dessins et Aquarelles 1903-1910, Tome IV, Paris, 2012, illustrated under
the n°3175, p.21.
Musée d'art moderne de Troyes, Un autre Renoir, Exhibition catalogue, Snoeck Publishers, 2017, illustrated p.131.

Exhibitions: A. Renoir, Galerie Hervé, Montreal, 1967, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Un autre Renoir, Musée d'art moderne de Troyes, in collaboration with the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, June 17th - September 17th, 2017, exhibition catalogue, illustrated p.131.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints