French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste
Limoges, Haute-Vienne 1841 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes 1919

GUINO, Richard
Gérone, Espagne 1890 - Antony, Hauts-de-Seine 1973

Exécutant: Valsuani, C.

Petite Vénus debout ou Petite Vénus victorieuse
Small Standing Venus or Small Victorious Venus

1913
bronze

statue
85,1 (avec la base) x 22,9 x 22,9 ; poids : 29,2 kg
derrière la base : Renoir

N° d'inv. : 56.259
Credit Line : William Francis Warden Fund

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts

www.mfa.org

Historique

  • 1913, Paris, commandé par Ambroise Vollard (1867-1939)
  • 1956, New York, Fine Arts Associates
  • 1956, 12 avril, vendu par Fine Arts Associates au MFA pour $4,000, William Francis Warden Fund

Bibliographie

  • Museum's website, 29 February 2012 and 21 March 2012
  • 1997 Brettell
    Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Masterpieces from the Museu de arte de Sao Paulo, Memphis, The Dixon Gallery and Garden, March 23-September 9, 1997, p. 1, repr.
  • 2007 Kear
    John Kear, Treasures of the Impressionists, London, Carlton Books, 2007, repr.

Exposition

  • n. d. New York
    Renoir, Degas: Sculptures Drawings, New York, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, p. 9, repr.
  • 2008-2009 Nagoya/Sydney/Wellington
    The World of Claude Monet, Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, April 26-September 28, 2008; Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, October 17, 2008-January 26, 2009; Wellington, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, February 19-May 17, 2009

Oeuvres en rapport

Bronze, 1916, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo.

Commentaire



Museum's file, Department Art of Europe, 1956:
This sculpture was executed in wax in Renoir's studio by a young artist named Guino, working under the direction of seventy-two-year-old Renoir, who was crippled with arthritis. Here, Renoir returned to the classical story of the judgment of Paris, which had been the subject of several of his paintings about 1908. He shows Venus triumphant, having been chosen by Paris over her rivals, Minerva and Juno. On the base, the Judgement of Paris is depicted in relief. The sculpture was commissionned by Renoir's dealer Vollard, and the foundry of Valsuani produced an edition of six casts.