PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR. French Impressionist painter.
Photograph of one of his paintings of a female nude, standing backward, signed above a stamp, which reads “Seen in order to authenticate the signature of Pierre Auguste Renoir, painter, witnessed January 10, 1911.” The photograph was originally part of the archive of Renoir’s art dealer, the great Ambrose Vollard. Vollard, in order to avoid any future disputes regarding the authenticity of works by artists he represented, had all the original paintings photographed, then asked the artist to sign each photo. After Vollard’s death his archives, including virtually all of these photographs, went to the Musée d’Orsay. A small number were sold to pay the expenses of the estate.
Framed in gray, plum and carved cherry. Framed dimensions: 12 1/4 inches wide by 15 inches high.
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