The National Museum of Western Art

update 15 December 2017

on display Permanent Collection

Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Limoges, 1841 - Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919]

Woman with a Hat

Date1891
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)56 x 46.5
InscriptionsSigned upper right: Renoir.
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Daulte 579; Dauberville 1086
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0181
Woman with a Hat

Leaving his "Ingresque" or "dry period" of the 1880s, this painting signals the beginning of Renoir's "pearl period." After turning briefly away from Impressionism and revisiting Classicism, Renoir took yet another new direction in the 1890s in his depiction of nude women and portraits in a soft touch style created with a rich color palette. Woman with a Hat is an example of this new style where all of the various colors have been blended with white, thereby producing a subtle, shining surface which then led to the name "the pearl period." The Mellon Collection in America includes a work that depicts the same clothing shown in a back three-quarter view. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.83)

Provenance

Acheté par Durand-Ruel à Renoir, 11 June 1891; Durand-Ruel, Paris; Vendu par Durand-Ruel à Kojiro Matsukata, 30 Dec. 1921; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

1952
Renoir, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 16bis
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 112, repr.
1964
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Nakajima Sports Center of Hokkaido Prefecture, 22 August 1964 - 13 September 1964, cat. no. 19
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, 22 September 1965 - 10 October 1965, cat. no. 15
1965
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Okayama Prefecture, Okayama, 20 October 1965 - 7 November 1965, cat. no. 15
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 12 November 1966 - 27 November 1966, cat. no. 11
1966
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Wakayama, 15 October 1966 - 4 November 1966, cat. no. 11
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 34
2001
Renoir: From Outsider to Old Master: 1870-1892, Nagoya City Art Museum, 21 April 2001 - 24 June 2001, cat. no. 64, col. repr.
2005
Permanent Exhibition, Musée départmental Georges de La Tour, 8 March 2005 - 29 May 2005

Bibliography

1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no. 40, col. repr.
1955
Drucker, M. Renoir. Paris, 1955, p.67, p.142, pl. 107.
1961
Fosca, F. Renoir. Paris, 1961, repr. p. 208.
1961
Catalogue du Musée National d'Art Occidental, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1961 (Préface and Catalogue Général in Japanese and French), P-249.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 69, repr.
1971
Daulte, F. Auguste Renoir, catalogue raisonné, I, figures, 1860-1890. Lausanne, 1971, no. 579, repr.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no.43, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 50, col. repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 233, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1259.
2007
Dauberville, Guy-Patrice; Dauberville, Michel. Renoir: catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. vol.2, Paris, Bernheim-Jeune, 2007, p. 24, no. 1086, correct repr. in no. 1074.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 91, col. repr.

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