European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Head of CocoMade in France, Europe
Modeled in plaster c. 1907-8; cast in bronze c. 1920
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919. Bronze cast by C. Valsuani.
Currently not on view
1950-92-47Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950
LabelAlthough primarily a painter, Renoir also was interested in sculpture. He often visited the Musée du Louvre to admire ancient and Renaissance sculpture. In his sixties, Renoir tackled sculpture for the first time, modeling with his own hands the portrait of his youngest son, Claude (nicknamed Coco), first as a medallion, then as a bust. These fresh and somewhat naive works were for his personal pleasure only; he did not exhibit or sell them.