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Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919
During the 1870s, when his Impressionist paintings sold poorly, Renoir supported himself with portrait commissions. This portrait of six-year-old Adelphine Legrand, the daughter of a friend and art dealer, shows the artist’s skill in capturing the hesitant personality of a young child, full of natural vivacity but determined to behave....

Object Details
Alphonse Legrand, Paris, until 1910; Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, by 1911 [1]; half-share purchased by Durand-Ruel (with Paul Rosenberg?) 1 December 1933; purchased by Henry P. McIlhenny (1910-1986) on 28 November 1934, for $35,000; bequest to PMA, 1986.1. See Guy-Patrice Dauberville and Michel Dauberville, Renoir: catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles, vol. 1, 1858-1881 (Paris, 2007), p. 491-492, no. 495. While in the Bernheim-Jeune home at l'avenue Henri-Martin, the portrait hung to the right of the entrance to the dining room; see Jean Dauberville, En Encadrant le siècle, Paris, 1967, illus. facing p. 573.

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