About This Artwork

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841-1919

Chrysanthemums, 1881/82

Oil on canvas
54.8 x 65.8 cm (21 5/8 x 25 7/8 in)
Inscribed upper right: Renoir

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1173

“I just let my brain rest when I paint flowers,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir remarked. “I don’t experience the same tension as I do when confronted by the model. When I am painting flowers, I establish the tones, I study the values carefully without worrying about losing the picture. I don’t dare do this with a figure piece for fear of ruining it.”

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Possibly Paris, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Exposition A. Renoir, 1892, cat. 33.

New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Exhibition of Paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir, November-December, 1908, cat. 12.

New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Paintings by Renoir, 1914, cat. 1.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Century in Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1- November 1, 1933, cat. 340.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Century in Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1- November 1, 1934, cat. 228.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings by Renoir, February 3-April 1, 1973, cat. 39 (ill.).

Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Art, Exposition Auguste Renoir, September 22-November 6, 1979, cat. 33 (ill.); traveled to Kyoto Municipal Museum, November 11-December 9, 1979.

Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Trésors impressionnistes de Musée de Chicago, June 27- August 31, 1980, cat. 22 (ill.).

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1985, cat. 38 (ill.), traveled to Fukuoka Museum of Art, January 5-February 2, 1986 and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 35 (ill.).

Publication History

M.C., “Renoirs in the Institute,” The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 19 (1925), pp. 47-48 (ill.).

D.C. Rich, “Französiche Impressionisten im Art Institute zu Chicago,” Pantheon 11 (March 1933), p. 78.

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Brief Guide to the Collections (Chicago, 1956), p. 34.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago, A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 397.

Elda Fezzi, Tout l’oeuvre peint de Renoir période impressioniste 1869-1883 (Milan, 1985), no. 483 (ill.).

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 35, p. 83 (ill.).
Colin B. Bailey, “Dance at Bougival,” Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. New Haven: Yale University Press and The Frick Collection, 2012. p. 208.

Ownership History

Bought from the artist by Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York on August 25, 1891 for 1,000 francs [according to Tokyo 1979]; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago on February 17, 1915 for $ 7,500 [Durand-Ruel stock no. 1721, information kindly provided by Caroline Durand-Ruel Godfroy, 1995]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.




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