Head of Coco

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919. Bronze cast by C. Valsuani.

Made in France, Europe

Modeled in plaster c. 1907-1908; cast in bronze c. 1920


10 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (27.3 x 19.4 x 19.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

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Although 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.