Wednesday, March 16, 2011

philadelphia museum marker

This pretty thing is from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the occasion of their 'Late Renoir' show, at the end of last summer. I didn't go, but a friend gave this to me. The reverse also lists a series of other exhibits including one that is still running: Flora and Fauna in Korean Art, which wraps up this spring.

The detail on the bookmarker is from Gabrielle et Jean, 1895-1896 which hangs at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris, but I assume was on loan to Philly for the show. Gabrielle Renard worked as a nanny for Pierre-Auguste Renoir beginning at 16, and is seen with Renoir's son Jean, who went on to be a filmmaker. Renard was a popular model for Renoir, and is pictured in many works, and often with the children. Renard was the cousin of Renoir's wife, Aline Victorine Charigot Renoir, and they were born in same town: Essoyes.

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