Thursday, August 25, 2011

Renoir's "Baigneuse debout, mi-jambes"

Maybe you think you'll never be able to own a bather by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. If you're after nothing less than a sumptuous Renoir oil painting you're probably right, but if you're willing to buy a print from the master's hand, you could be in business. Here is an original etching of a standing bather by Renoir which is being offered at Skinner on September 9. Renoir etched the plate himself, creating this image which exists in no other medium. A century later, it's still affordable to many.

Lot 128 Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)

Baigneuse debout, mi-jambes, c. 1910, 
possibly a later impression (Stella, 23). Unsigned. Etching on paper, plate size 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.2 x 10.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Margins over 1 1/4 inches, not examined out of frame.
Estimate $300-500

September  21, 2011 Update: Unsold

Note:  My post regarding Whistler's etching Upright Venice is here.



  1. Never in a million years would I have thought this possible even in this medium.

  2. This is what is great about print collecting. It can allow you to acquire works by great artists at fairly reasonable prices. Often we put too much emphasis on the big-ticket items and neglect some of the value at the lower end of the scale.