The Large Washerwoman
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919. Modeled in plaster by Richard Guino, Spanish, 1890 - 1973. Bronze cast by the foundry Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
In 1917 Renoir and his assistant Richard Guino executed a small figure of a crouching washerwoman in Renoir's studio at Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France. Under Renoir's close supervision, Guino sculpted a large-scale plaster version of the subject that was subsequently cast in bronze. The figure personifies Water, an element that Renoir had long associated with women in countless paintings.
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