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Lucie Berard (Child in White)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841-1919

About this artwork

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was celebrated in his lifetime for capturing the nuanced expressions of childhood. Recognizing this, his patron Paul-Antoine Berard commissioned the artist to paint a number of portraits of his four children, in addition to likenesses of himself and his wife. Here, Renoir portrayed Lucie, Berard’s youngest and one of the artist’s favorite models, as the picture of innocence at three years old. Her small hands, positioned rather formally at her sides, lack the accessories, like toys and books, found in some other of Renoir’s portraits of children; her white dress and subtle smile invoke a serene but fleeting moment of youth.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Lucie Berard (Child in White)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed upper right: Renoir 83


61.3 × 49.8 cm (24 3/8 × 19 5/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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