Pierre-August Renoir

Leaving the Conservatoire



Pierre-August Renoir - Leaving the Conservatoire


According to Renoir's friend and biographer Georges Riviere, the painting was begun in October 1876 and finished in 1877. Riviere is the young man in the right foreground. The painting was not exhibited during Renoir's lifetime, and is first mentioned in the collection of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier, but Chabrier probably did not commission the painting.


Literature

Great French paintings from the Barnes Foundation, New York, 1993, pp. 50-53

Neil L. Rudenstine, The house of Barnes, Philadelphia, 2012, plate 1
Richard R. Brettell and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-century art in the Norton Simon Museum, New Haven, 2006, fig. 91a


Other works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Pierre-Auguste Renoir Reclining Nude
Reclining Nude
c. 1892

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Algerian girl
Algerian girl
1881

Pierre-August Renoir Sailor Boy (Portrait of Robert Nunès)
Sailor Boy (Portrait of Robert Nunès)
1883

Pierre-August Renoir Mother and Child
Mother and Child
1881

Pierre-August Renoir
Leaving the Conservatoire
1877
187.3 x 117.5 cm
Oil on canvas
Signed (lower right): Renoir
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia