Inv. No. SGP 79 b
The Impressionist painter Renoir was moved to take up sculpture by the bust of himself executed by Aristide Maillol in 1907. Prompted by the sculptor, Renoir ventured this sculpted portrait of his son, Claude (Coco), in 1908. Inspired by the sculptures of Rodin and Degas, he emphasised the animated overall impression, providing little in the way of detail. He rhythmically modelled the region of the hair, with its strong reflections; beneath it is the smooth child’s face, with its tranquil planes. The cast bronze was issued by Galerie Flechtheim and acquired by the Städel in 1929.
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