Study for "Tambourine Dancer"

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919

c. 1912

Graphite on cream laid paper

Sheet: 16 3/8 x 11 1/4 inches (41.6 x 28.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

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At the end of his life, Renoir once more returned to sculpture, entrusting the modeling to Louis Fernand Morel, a promising young sculptor. This drawing is a preparatory work for one of three reliefs the two artists made together and later cast in terracotta and bronze. The motif of the dancer evokes the carefree spirit of mythic antiquity that Renoir had long admired in the Roman frescoes of Pompeii.