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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Au Moulin de la Galette
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TITLE:  Au Moulin de la Galette
ARTIST:  Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)
WORK DATE:  circa 1875 - 1876
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Pastel counterproof on paper
SIZE:  h: 18.7 x w: 24 in / h: 47.5 x w: 61 cm
STYLE:  Impressionism
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  MK Fine Art, Inc.  +1-212-308-4460  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  A counterproof is created when a damp sheet of paper is placed over a chalk or pastel drawing or a recently pulled print and pressure is applied, either by hand-rubbing or running the sheets through a printing press. A mirror image of the pastel is transferred onto the second sheet of paper, while the pastel itself appears essentially unchanged.

This process was used extensively in the eighteenth century by artists such as François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who employed it to make multiples of their chalk drawings, which they sometimes reinforced with additional chalk lines and shading. The practice lapsed in the early nineteenth century with the ascendancy of Romanticism, but by the later nineteenth century, the fresh and airy hues of pastel were once again found to be particularly appealing, and Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and Renoir produced important bodies of work in this medium, as well as many counterproofs. Although Degas’s counterproofs have been known for the better part of a century, the extent of Cassatt’s work in this medium was only revealed in 2004, and Renoir’s counterproofs remained, until recently, virtually unknown.

The pastel from which this counterproof was created is in the National Museum of Serbia, Belgrade.

PROVENANCE:  Ambroise Vollard, Paris
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Mary Cassatt / Auguste Renoir Counterproofs
LITERATURE:  Literature: Denis Rouart, The Unknown Degas and Renoir in the National Museum of Belgrade (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964), pp. 98-99 (the pastel from which this counterproof was created)
EXHIBITION HISTORY:  Adelson Galleries, New York, Renoir: The Pastel Counterproofs, cat. no. 1, illus. in color p. 19  Nov 1 - Dec 23, 2005
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