Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 - 1919
Made in France, Europe Date:
Oil on canvasDimensions:
32 x 23 1/2 inches (81.3 x 59.7 cm)
Frame: 40 × 31 7/8 × 4 3/16 inches (101.6 × 81 × 10.6 cm)Curatorial Department:
* Gallery 256, European Art 1850-1900, second floorAccession Number:
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
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.
Alphonse Legrand, Paris, until 1910; Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, by 1911 ; 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.* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.