Le Chapeau épinglé (The Pinned Hat)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841 - 1919

Le chapeau épinglé (The Pinned Hat), ca. 1898

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Etching on paper

Dimensions: 9 3/4 × 8 3/4 in. (24.8 × 22.2 cm)
Image: 4 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (11.4 × 8.3 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Frank, 1979.295

Auguste Renoir was one of the first Impressionists to enjoy popular success. Renoir's prints were produced after he became famous, and were in response to the increasing demand for his works. He produced over fifty etchings and lithographs, many featured in books and portfolios produced by the critic and collector Theodore Duret, along with Renoir's dealer, Ambroise Vollard. The themes of these graphic works are similar to Renoir's paintings, which often featured children, bathers and nudes. The subject of Le Chapeau Épinglé (The Pinned Hat) was depicted by Renoir in six different prints and three lithographs. The models are Julie Manet, the daughter of Berth Morisot and Eugene Manet, and her cousin, Paulette Gobillard. It recalls a scene Renoir made while on holiday on the coast of Northern France with Berthe Morisot and her family. During a day spent at the beach, Paulette is shown adjusting the pin on the large sun hat that Julie is wearing.

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