Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Oil on canvas
Height: 106.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 90 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10 cm ( frame ); Width: 65.2 cm ( canvas ); Height: 81.6 cm ( canvas );
Signed, top left & recto, Renoir. 08
Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932
About this work
One of the principal modern art dealers in the early twentieth century and a shrewd businessman, Ambroise Vollard sold much of Renoir’s work after 1900. Renoir depicts him here as a connoisseur, examining a statuette of a kneeling female nude. The theme echoes portraits of collectors from the Italian Renaissance. Vollard’s features are somewhat idealised: he was a big, heavy man often mocked for his bald head and bulbous nose.
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