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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French (Limoges 1841 - 1919 Cagnes)
Two Nude Women, Study for the "Great Bathers"
Work Type
c. 1884-1887
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Red and white chalk on buff wove paper
110.6 x 124.7 cm (43 9/16 x 49 1/8 in.)
frame: 127 x 139.7 x 5.7 cm (50 x 55 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Signed, lower right, red chalk: Renoir
  • label: verso, upper right, printed and word processor text: [printed:] PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART / [word processor:] "Renoir's Large Bathers" / September 9 -- November 25, 1990 / [printed:] Owner [word processor:] Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum / [printed:] Loan No. [word processor:] 327-1990-003 / [printed:] Artist / Title [word processor:] TWO NUDE WOMEN, STUDY FOR THE "LARGE BATHERS"
  • inscription: verso, blue crayon: CA2776 [Knoedler number]
  • label: verso, upper center, blue with white text: DORURE ENCADREMENTS / HAVARD Frères / [cut off] 3, Boul. MONTPARNASSE / TELEPH: DAM TC [cut off] 65-60 [cut off]
  • label: verso, upper center, printed and typewritten text: [printed:] MINNEAPOLIS ART / INSTITUTE / No. [typewritten:] L58.317 / [printed:] Lent by [typewritten:] Fogg / Art Museum
  • label: verso, upper center, printed and typewritten text: [printed:] PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART / PARKWAY AT 26TH STREET, PHILADELPHIA 30 / ARTIST [typewritten:] RENOIR / [printed:] TITLE [typewritten:] The Bathers, 1883 / [printed:] EXHIBITION [typewritten:] The Maurice Wertheim Collection / 7-1957-21 / [printed:] LENDER [typewritten:] Mrs. Maurice Wertheim / [printed:] ADDRESS OF LENDER [typewritten:] 43 East 70th Street, New York City / [illegible; part of label obstructed]
  • inscription: verso, right side of frame, white chalk: 11243
Madame Abel Desjardin, Paris. [Cesar de Hauke], sold [through Knoedler & Co., New York]; to Maurice Wertheim, 1947, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Julius Meier-Graefe, Renoir, Klinkhardt & Biermann (Leipzig, Germany, 1929), repr. p. 191 as fig. 177

Renoir, 1841-1919, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, France, 1933), no. 132

John Rewald, Renoir Drawings (New York, NY, 1946), repr. as pl. 42

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), pp. 75-76, repr. p. 76 as fig. 29

Graham Reynolds, Nineteenth-Century Drawings, 1850-1900, Pleiades (London, 1949), p. 22, repr. as plate 10

Walter Pach, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Harry N. Abrams (1950, 1950), p. 19, repr.

Howard Devree, "By French Masters: The Metropolitan Shows Wertheim Collection", The New York Times (New York, NY, July 6 1952), p. 6, p. 6

S. Lane Faison, Jr., Great Paintings of the Nude, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1953), p. 16, repr.

Paul J. Sachs, Modern Prints and Drawings, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1954), pl. 27

Howard Devree, "By French Masters: Memorable Loan Show in Philadelphia", The New York Times (New York, NY, July 7 1957), p. 70, p. 70

François Mathey, Les Impressionnistes et leur temps, Fernand Hazan (Paris, 1959), p. 134, repr.

Sam Hunter, Modern French Painting, 1855-1956, Dell (New York, 1960), repr. as pl. 13

Robert F. Reiff, Renoir, McGraw-Hill Book Company (New York, 1968), pp. 23-25, repr. as fig. 11

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1970), checklist no. 30

Elda Fezzi, L'Opera Completa di Renoir nel periodo impressionista, 1869-1883, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1972), p. 117, no. 630 J, repr.

Nathan Goldstein, The Art of Responsive Drawing [2nd ed.], Prentice-Hall Press (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1977), repr. as fig. 2.20

Barbara Ehrlich White, Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1984), p. 167, repr.

Nathan Goldstein, The Art of Responsive Drawing, Prentice-Hall Press (Englewood Cliffs, 1984), p. 38, repr. as fig. 2.23

Charles F. Stuckey, William Scott, and Suzanne G. Lindsay, Berthe Morisot: Impressionist, exh. cat., Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Hudson Hills Press (New York, 1987), pp. 114, 119, repr. p. 119 as fig. 73

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 9, pp.61-63, repr. p. 62

Sophie Monneret, Renoir, Profils de l'Art, Chene (1989), p. 108, repr. as fig. 2

Christopher Riopelle, "Renoir: the Great Bathers", Bulletin of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, Fall 1990), vol. 86, no. 367-368, pp. 24, 26, 28, repr. p. 26 as fig. 27

George T.M. Shackelford, [Review] "Philadelphia: Renoir's 'Great Bathers'", Burlington Magazine (London, December 1990), vol. 132, no. 1053, p. 900, fig.108

Nathan Goldstein, The Art of Responsive Drawing, Prentice-Hall Press (Englewood Cliffs, 1992), p. 40, repr. as fig. 2.30

Anne Distel, Renoir il faut embellir, Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Editions Gallimard (Paris, France, 1993), p. 157, repr.

Kenneth Maxwell, A Sexual Odyssey: From Forbidden Fruit to Cybersex, Plenum Press (New York and London, 1996), p. 8, repr.

Gilles Néret, Renoir: Painter of Happiness, 1841-1919, Taschen (Cologne, 2001), repr. pp. 310-11

Guy-Patrice Dauberville and Michel Dauberville, Renoir 1858-1881, Editions Bernheim-Jeune (Paris, 2007), vol. 2, no. 1567, repr.

Christopher Lloyd, Impressionism: Pastels, Watercolors, Drawings, exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI, 2011), p. 50, repr. p. 50 as fig. 16

Elizabeth M. Rudy, "Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums", Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6

Jennifer A. Thompson, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New Haven, 2019), pp. 115-116, repr. p. 116 as fig. 48

Esther Bell and George T.M. Shackelford, ed., Renoir: The Body, The Senses, exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Kimbell Art Museum, and Yale University Press (Williamstown, 2019), pp. 44-45, 63, 237, cat. no. 28, repr.

Exhibition History

Renoir, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 01/01/1933 - 12/31/1933

French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960

Renoir: the Great Bathers, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 09/09/1990 - 11/25/1990

32Q: 1220 Wertheim, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 02/13/2015

Renoir: The Body, The Senses, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 06/08/2019 - 09/22/2019

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