French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Philadelphia Museum of Art
artist © : For the works by Renoir alone: public domain

RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste
Limoges, Haute-Vienne 1841 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes 1919

Maker: Valsuani, C.

Head of Coco

cast in 1920 from a c. 1907-1908 plaster model

10 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 7 1/2

Acc. No. : 1950-92-47
Credit Line : Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • 1950, Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins


  • Museum's website, December 2014

Related Works

Bronze, c. 1907-1908, Paris, musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris, Petit Palais.


Museum's website, 23 December 2014:
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.