Auguste Renoir
Nude on a Couch 1915

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Auguste Renoir 1841–1919
Nude on a Couch
Femme nue sur un canapé
Date 1915
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 544 x 653 mm
frame: 832 x 935 x 118 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Not on display

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The model for this painting was Gabrielle Renard (1878-1959), a cousin of Renoir's wife who helped in the running of the household. She also was Renoir's favourite model, her rounded body exemplifying the artist's ideal of female beauty. The treatment of her breasts and stomach has precedents in classical statuary, while the feathery brushwork recalls the style of such old masters as Rubens, Boucher and Fragonard.

August 2004

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