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.

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


Collection catalogues
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
Colin B. Bailey, Renoir, impressionism, and full-length painting, New York; New Haven, 2012, p. 144, fig. 5
Gilles Néret, Renoir, Köln, 2019, p. 135

External links

Barnes Foundation Accession number BF862

Other works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Mademoiselle Sicot
Mademoiselle Sicot

Pierre-August Renoir The Luncheon
The Luncheon
c. 1879

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Young Girls at the Piano
Young Girls at the Piano
c. 1892

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Bouquet of Chrysanthemums
Bouquet of Chrysanthemums

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Reclining Nude
Reclining Nude