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Woman in an Armchair, 1874

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 24 × 19 7/8 inches (61 × 50.5 cm)
  • 35 inches × 29 5/8 inches × 4 inches (88.9 × 75.2 × 10.2 cm)

Bequest of Mrs. Allan Shelden III


On View

  • Modern C235


European Modern Art to 1970

Renoir's finished study of a woman has the quality of a sketch; his rapid brushstrokes describe the play of light across the model's face, arms, and torso. The identity of this sitter remains a mystery.

Signed, lower right: Renoir

Mr. Lemaire (Paris, France): March 20, 1901, purchased by (Durand-Ruel, Paris, France)

July 7, 1904, purchased by Mr. Van de Velde (Le Havre, France)

Mrs. Paul Guillaume (Paris, France)

Mrs. Jean Walter (Paris, France)

late 1920s, purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shelden (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA)

by descent to Mrs. Allan Shelden III (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA)

1985-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman in an Armchair, 1874, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Bequest of Mrs. Allan Shelden III, 1985.24.