Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919

Made in France, Europe

Modeled in clay and cast in bronze, 1914-1916


13 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (33.7 x 31.1 x 20 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

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Choosing for once not to work from existing paintings, Renoir and Guino created two sculptures: a pendant pair meant to embody the elements of fire and water. Modeled as an everyday figure, but in a classical spirit, the personification of water is a washerwoman rinsing her laundry, while a shepherd tending a brazier represents fire. Only Water became a large-scale work. In these statues, modeled by Guino according to Renoir's instructions, monumentality and directness unite in surfaces that attract light and allow a lively, sensual finish.