The National Museum of Western Art

update 31 July 2018

on display Permanent Collection

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

In the Woods

Datec. 1880
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)55.8 x 46.3
InscriptionsSigned lower right: Renoir.
Credit LineMatsukata Collection
Standard ref.Fezzi 400; Dauberville 68
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1959-0183
In the Woods

Compared to other Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley and Pissarro, Renoir, who enjoyed painting figures, did not produce many landscapes, In his experiments to capture the bright outdoor light through short, disconnected brush strokes, however, he did create a few outstanding landscapes. Here, with short, almost Pointillistic bruch strokes, he skillfully brings out the green of the forest and the feeling of the surrounding atmosphere. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.

Exhibition History

1958
Paysage de France, Musée de Rouen, 1958 - 1958, cat. no. 158
1960
The Masterpieces of the Ex-Matsukata Collection, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 May 1960 - 10 July 1960, cat. no. 111
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Gallery of Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya, 17 November 1962 - 9 December 1962, cat. no. 47 (当館記録による)
1962
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hakutsuru Museum, Kobe, 20 October 1962 - 5 November 1962, P-251
1963
The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Shimane Prefectural Museum, Matsue, 5 October 1963 - 20 October 1963, P-251
1963
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume, 26 October 1963 - 10 November 1963, P-251
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. 18
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. 14
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. 14
1967
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Kagoshima Municipal Museum of Art, 28 April 1967 - 21 May 1967, cat. no. 12
1968
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Niigata Prefectural Museum, Niigata, 14 July 1968 - 4 August 1968, cat. no. 14
1968
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, Hiroshima, 26 October 1968 - 17 November 1968, cat. no. 14
1973
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Kochi Prefecture, Kochi, 28 October 1973 - 25 November 1973, cat. no. 51
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Cultural Center of Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, 13 October 1974 - 10 November 1974, cat. no. 49
1974
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Saga Prefectural Museum, Saga, 16 November 1974 - 1 December 1974, cat. no. 49
1975
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Yamagata Museum, Yamagata, 1 November 1975 - 30 November 1975, cat. no. 50
1976
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, 9 October 1976 - 7 November 1976, cat. no. 17
1977
[Tour Exhibition] The Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, The Nara Prefectural Museum, Nara, 15 October 1977 - 13 November 1977, cat. no. 16
1978
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces from the National Museum of Western Art, The Art Center of Oita Prefecture, Oita, 20 December 1978 - 31 January 1979, cat. no. 15
1982
Exposition spéciale pour l'ouverture du Musée des Beaux-Arts,Gifu : Paris autour de 1882 : Le Développemėnt de la peinture moderne en France et Hôsui Yamamoto, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, 3 November 1982 - 19 December 1982, cat. no. 84, repr.
1985
Exposition du Pointillisme (Pointillism), National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 6 April 1985 - 26 May 1985, Musée Municipal d'Art, Kyoto, 4 June - 14 July, cat. no. 48, col, repr.
1987
, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, 8 August 1987 - 30 September 1987
1988
Renoir Retrospective, Nagoya City Art Museum, 15 October 1988 - 11 December 1988, cat. no. 18, col. repr.
1994
Renoir: Master Impressionist, Queensland Art Gallery, 30 July 1994 - 11 September 1994, National Gallery of Victoria, 18 September-30 October; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 5 November-15 January 1995, cat. no. 11, col. repr.
1996
The Crossing Visions: European and Modern Japanese Art from the Collections of The National Museum of Western Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 20 July 1996 - 8 September 1996, cat. no. 34
2004
Paradise Lost: The Politics of Landscape 1870-1945, Yokohama Museum of Art, 9 October 2004 - 12 December 2004, cat. no. 26
2007
Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 8 June 2007 - 9 September 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 4 October 2007-6 Januaruy 2008, cat. no. 41, col. repr.
2008
Corot: Souvenirs et variations, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 June 2008 - 31 August 2008, cat. no. 75
2008
Corot: Souvenirs et variations, Musée Municipal de Kobe, 13 September 2008 - 31 August 2008, cat. no. 75
2015
NO MUSEUM, NO LIFE?: Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come: From the Collections of the National Museums of Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 16 June 2015 - 13 September 2015, cat. no. L-2
2016
Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth, Cincinnati Art Museum, 15 October 2016 - 8 January 2017, cat. no. 21, col. repr.

Bibliography

1955
La Collection Matsukata, Tokyo, Asahi- Shimbun, 1955 (Japanese), no. 19, col. repr.
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-251.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 68, repr.
1972
Fezzi, Elda. L'opera completa di Renoir, nel periodo impressionista 1869-1883. Milano, 1972, no. 400, repr. (French ver. Tout l'œuvre peint de Renoir : Période Impressionniste 1869-1883. Paris, Flammarion, 1985, Les Classiques de l'art. no. 382, repr. )
1975
Les cent chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 42, 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. 49, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of Paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 235, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 1261.
2007
Dauberville, Guy-Patrice; Dauberville, Michel. Renoir: catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. Paris, Bernheim-Jeune, 2007, vol. 1, p. 152, cat. no. 68

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