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Jean Renoir Sewing

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841–1919

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s son Jean, seen here, served as a model for his father from a young age. Renoir so loved the “silken gold” of his son’s long hair, then in fashion for little boys, that he insisted it remain long until Jean was seven, much to his embarrassment. Jean, later a prominent film director, recalled that the children’s nanny, Gabrielle, suggested that he keep himself occupied during the modeling session for this painting by sewing a satin coat for his toy camel.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Jean Renoir Sewing


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower left: Renoir


55.4 × 46.3 cm (21 3/4 × 18 1/4 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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