This is an original drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper. Signed in the plate lower right Renoir. This work is a richly printed lifetime impression of the only state showing touches of burr on the hair and hats of the figures, from the edition published in the Théodore Duret book Die Impressionisten, by Bruno Cassirer, Berlin, 1914. Catalogue raisonné reference: Delteil 6; Leymarie R6; Stella 6. Literature regarding this artwork: Michel Melot, The Impressionist Print, Yale University Press, New Haven London, 1996, no. 307, p. 268 (ill.). This study of Julie Manet, the daughter of Renoir’s great friend, the painter Berthe Morisot, together with her cousin Paulette Gobillard, is one of the most famous images of Renoir’s graphic oeuvre. Julie was a favorite model for Renoir appearing in a number of paintings and many drawings.
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