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The White Pierrot, between 1901 and 1902

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 31 1/8 × 24 3/8 inches (79.1 × 61.9 cm)
  • 40 1/2 × 33 1/4 × 4 1/4 inches (102.9 × 84.5 × 10.8 cm)

Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill



European Modern Art to 1970

Signed, lower right: Renoir

until 1919, the artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

by descent to Claude Renoir

before April 1935, (Paul Guillaume, Paris, France)

1935, (Edouard Jonas, Paris, France)

purchased by Robert H. Tannahill [1893-1969] (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA) with W.R. Valentiner acting as an intermediary

1970-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Fine Art. January 1931, p. 28 (ill.). Les Arts à Paris. July 1931, no. 18 (ill.). Exhibition of French Art 1200-1900. Exh. cat., Royal Academy. London, 1932, p. 211, no. 447 (ill.). Commemorative Catalogue of the Exhibition of French Art, 1200-1900. London, 1932, no. 489. Renoir. Exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie. Paris, 1933, pp. 47-48, no. 113a, pl. 54. L'Art vivant (January 1932): (cover ill.). Formes (January 1932): (ill.). Gaunt, W. Renoir. London, 1952, pl. 85. [as Le Pierrot Blanc, Jean Renoir.] Art News, October 11, 1930, p. 10 (ill.). The Robert Hudson Tannahill Bequest to The Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1970, pp. 11, 29, 48 (ill.). Reader's Digest Family Treasure of Great Biographies 10. Pleasantville, NY, 1971, p. 141 (ill.). [as Jean as "The White Pierrot'.] Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art, Municipal Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Ibaraki, 1989, pp. 97, 175, 222, cat. 65 (ill.). Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Kimbell Art Museum. Ottawa, Chicago, and Fort Worth, 1997, pp. 232-234, 329-330, cat. 58 (ill.). [as 1901-1902.] Renoir: Modern Eyes. Kwamura Memorial Museum of Art, Miyagi Museum of Art, and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. Sakura, Sendai, and Sapporo, 1999, p. 162, cat. 68 (ill.). 1900: Art at the Crossroads. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. London and New York, 2000, pp. 177, 438, cat. 104 (ill.). Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts: Masters of Impressionism and Modern Art. Exh. cat., Sogo Museum of Art, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, and Yawatahama Citizen Gallery. Yokohama, Kitakyushu, Fukushima, Fukui, and Yawatahama, 2001, p. 66, no. 12, (ill.) p. 67. Renoir: La maturità tra classico e moderno. Rome, 2008, (fig. 7), p. 42. Cantz, Hatjie. Renoir in the 20th Century/Renoir au XXe siècle. Exh. cat, Grand Palais, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paris, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, 2009, cat. 42, pp. 256-259 (ill.). Eiling, Alexander, ed. in collaboration with Juliane Betz and Fabienne Ruppen. Renoir: Rococo Revival. Exh. cat., Städel Museum. Frankfurt am Main, 2022, p. 283 (fig. 4 ill.).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The White Pierrot, between 1901 and 1902, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill, 70.178.