The National Museum of Western Art

update 31 July 2018

on display Permanent Collection

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

Reclining Woman Bather

Date1906
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)54.8 x 65
InscriptionsSigned lower right: Renoir.
Credit LineDonated by Mr. Ryuzaburo Umehara
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1974-0002
Reclining Woman Bather

An interest in strongly delineated forms began to manifest itself in Renoir's style in the latter half of the 1880s; thereafter his style underwent a period of transformation as he sought to imbue his forms with a sense of presence through brush strokes and color. The nude in a landscape was one of the topics that Renoir most enjoyed grappling with during this period. This reclining nude suggests an image from a mythological painting, such as the goddess Venus or a woodland nymph. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Marlborough Fine Art, London; Wildenstein, London; Fischer Fine Art, London; Yayoi Gallery, Tokyo; Donated by Mr. Ryuzaburo Umehara, Tokyo, 1974

Exhibition History

1959
19th and 20th century European masters, Marlborough Fine Art, London, 1959 - 1959, cat. no. 61, repr. p. 31
1963
A loan exhibition of the French impressionists and some of their contemporaries, in aid of the National Playing Fields Association and the Jewish National Fund, Wildenstein, London, 24 April 1963 - 18 May 1963, cat. no. 60, repr. p. 2
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. 16
1981
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center, Fukushima, 18 November 1981 - 2 December 1981, cat. no. 7
1981
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Iwate Prefectural Hall, Morioka, 28 October 1981 - 11 November 1981, cat. no. 7
1981
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Hirosaki Municipal Museum, 7 October 1981 - 21 October 1981, cat. no. 7
1982
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, 1 October 1982 - 17 October 1982, cat. no. 7
1982
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Cultural Center of Kagawa Prefecture, Takamatsu, 23 October 1982 - 7 November 1982, cat. no. 7
1982
[Tour Exhibition] Masterpieces of Art from the Collection of National Museums, The Cultural Center of Kochi Prefecture, Kochi, 13 November 1982 - 28 November 1982, cat. no. 7
1983
Modern Nude Paintings: 1880-1980, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 7 October 1983 - 4 December 1983
1986
Renoir et les impressionnistes, Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art, 23 September 1986 - 3 November 1986, cat. no. 40, col. repr.
1989
The French Modern Painting, from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Miyakonojo City Museum, 15 April 1989 - 14 May 1989, cat. no. 8, 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. 28
2005
Umehara Ryuzaburo, Shibuya-kuritsu Shoto Bijutsukan, 5 April 2005 - 15 May 2005, cat. no. C-32, col. repr.
2012
[Traveling Exhibitions presenting National Art Museum Collections, Fiscal 2012] Modern European Art: From the Collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum (Okayama), 5 October 2012 - 25 November 2012, 11
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. P-9
2016
Bonjour, Monsieur Renoir: Renoir et Umehara - joie de peindre, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, 19 October 2016 - 9 January 2017, ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum, Osaka, 24 January-26 March, cat. no. 28, col. repr.

Bibliography

1918
Vollard, Ambroise. Renoir. Tableaux, Pastels et Dessins de Pierre-Auguste Renoir. vol. 2, 1918, p. 45, repr.
1919
Vollard, Ambroise. La vie & l'œuvre de Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paris, A. Vollard, 1919, p. 250.
1960
Connoisseur. June 1960, p. 5, repr. p. 4.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 44, repr.
1976
Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental. No. 9 (1974), 1976, Nouvelles acquisitions, par Chisaburoh F. Yamada, pp. 4-5. Nouvelles acquisitions (catalogue). pp. 12-13, 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. 51, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 237, repr.
1989
Vollard, Ambroise. Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Paintings, Pastels and Drawings. First published in 1918 by Vollard, revised edition with first English translation, San Francisco, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1989, no. 908, repr.

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