This painting may be Renoir's earliest signed canvas. Its sensitive display of color and light communicates an ideal of delicate, youthful beauty. The luminous tones of the background drapery and of the child's white blouse result from the artist's careful observation of reflected light and color on translucent materials. The delicate nuances of color, particularly in the young girl's face, reveal Renoir's previous training as a decorator of porcelain. He painted this portrait, commissioned by the vacationing Lacaux family, during his stay at an artist's colony in the village of Barbizon, near Paris.

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  • Title: Romaine Lacaux
  • Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
  • Date Created: 1864
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 106.7 x 89.2 x 8.9 cm (42 x 35 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.); Unframed: 81.3 x 65 cm (32 x 25 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Lacaux family, Paris, France, Edmond Decap, Paris, France, by descent to Mme. Maruice Barret-Decap, Mme. Maurice Barret-Decap, Paris, France, (Drouot, Paris, France, December 12, 1929, lot 12, Barret-Decap Sale, sold to Roger Berheim), (Roger Bernheim, Paris, France, sold to Jacques Seligmann & Co.,), (Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, NY, December 2, 1941, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1942.1065
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: Signed center right: a. renoir / 1864
  • Fun Fact: The son of a poor tailor from Limoges, Renoir began his artistic career at age 13 as an apprentice to a porcelain painter.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1942.1065

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