French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : Philadelphia Museum of Art
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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

Petite eau, ou Petite laveuse

modelé en terre et fondu en bronze, 1914-1916

33,7 x 31,1 x 20

N° d'inv. : 1963-181-100
Credit Line : The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art


  • 1963, The Louis E. Stern Collection


  • Museum's website, December 2014


Museum's website, 23 December 2014:
Choosing for once not to work from existing paintings, Renoir and Guino created two sculptures: a pendant pair meant to embody the elements of fire and water. Modeled as an everyday figure, but in a classical spirit, the personification of water is a washerwoman rinsing her laundry, while a shepherd tending a brazier represents fire. Only Water became a large-scale work. In these statues, modeled by Guino according to Renoir's instructions, monumentality and directness unite in surfaces that attract light and allow a lively, sensual finish.