Pierre-Auguste RENOIR (1841-1919) French

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Pierre-Auguste RENOIR (1841-1919) French

Deux femmes dans le jardin de Cagnes, circa 1918 Signed 'Renoir' (lower left corner) Oil on canvas - Huile sur toile 54,9 x 64,8 cm - 21.6 x 25.5 in. AED 7,346,000 -11,019,000 Provenance Anon. sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 23, 1933, lot 75 Anon. sale: Versailles, Nov. 22, 1964, lot 67 Anon. sale: Christie's, London, Dec. 6, 1977, lot 14 Private collection, Switzerland Daniel B. Grossman, New York Acquired from the above by a private collector (Nov. 1991) Private collection, Europe Anon. sale: Christie's, New York, Impressionist and Modern Art, May 2, 2006, lot 9 Exhibited London, O'Hara Gallery, French Paintings and Sculptures, June-Sept. 1964, No. 55 Literature Bernheim-Jeune, eds, L'Atelier de Renoir, Paris,1931, vol. II, No. 607, ill. pl. 190 This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue critique of Pierre-Auguste Renoir being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute, established from the archives of François Daulte, Durand-Ruel, Venturi, Vollard and Wildenstein. Certificate The Bernheim-Jeune Archives have confirmed the authenticity of this work Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville have confirmed the authenticity of this work Public notes 'The first World War was a period of great tribulation for Renoir. In September 1914 both of Renoir's eldest sons, Pierre and Jean, were wounded in the fighting. Jean returned to the front line and was wounded again in April 1915, this time, more seriously. Renoir's wife Aline, to whom he had been married for 35 years, died suddenly in June; she was only 56. The artist was an invalid and confined to a wheelchair, his hands and legs crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Nevertheless, Renoir continued to paint. His eyesight was as keen as ever - unlike that of Monet and Degas in their old age - and Jean claimed that his father's arm 'was as steady as that of a young man' (in Renoir, My Father, New York, 1958, p. 423). The armistice of November 1918 met with much rejoicing in
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