Renoir's finished study of a woman has the quality of a sketch; his rapid brushstrokes describe the play of light across the model's face, arms, and torso. The identity of this sitter remains a mystery.
Artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919
Title
  • Woman in an Armchair
  • Femme Assise dans un Fauteuil (alternate title)
  • Lise (alternate title)
Date 1874
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 24 × 19 7/8 inches (61 × 50.5 cm)
Framed: 29 5/8 inches × 35 inches × 4 inches (75.2 × 88.9 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Mrs. Allan Shelden III
Accession Number 1985.24
Department European Painting
On View Modern C235, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, lower right: Renoir
Mr. Lemaire (Paris, France):
March 20, 1901, purchased by (Durand-Ruel, Paris, France);
July 7, 1904, purchased by Mr. Van de Velde (Le Havre, France);
Mrs. Paul Guillaume (Paris, France);
Mrs. Jean Walter (Paris, France);
late 1920s, purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA);
by descent to Mrs. Allan Shelden III (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
1985-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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