French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College 2010
© artiste : Fair Use (Section 107, Copyright Act, 1976) | For the works by Renoir alone: public domain

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.

Feu, ou Petit forgeron
Fire or The Small Blacksmith


H. 35,6
à l'arrière de la base : CIRE / C. VALSUANI / PERDUE

N° d'inv. : 1956.26
Credit Line : Museum purchase

Wellesley, Massachusetts, Davis Museum and Cultural Center


  • la famille Renoir
  • Londres, galerie Alex Reid et Lefèvre
  • Boston, Galerie Swelzoff
  • John McAndrew et Agnes Abbot


  • Museum's website, January 20, 2013


Museum's label text, 2011:
Renoir did very few sculptures in comparison to the number of paintings, most of them executed at a very late date in his life. After 1911, Renoir was permanently tied to his wheelchair, from which he would guide his assistants with bamboo stick.
This figure belongs to a complementary pair, one symbolizing fire, the other water. It was developed from various sketches by Renoir of one of his favorite models, Gabrielle.
The piece was first cast in terracotta and from there later cast in plaster. A limited first edition was done by Vollard in 1919.
Our work belongs to a last and second edition, and was intended to be a study for a larger statue. This project was never executed because of a dispute between Renoir and his talented young Catalan assistant, Guino, in 1918.