Outstanding Renoir "La Pensee" Original Etching. Conceived by Renoir in oil and etched with dry point by Emile Lequeux (French, b. 1871) after the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Printed by Wittmann on china paper, laid on to a backing sheet and tipped in to the Gazette des Beaux-Arts. With Renoir's signature in the plate, and full credits printed below. Estimates of the number of proofs of original prints in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts range from 600 to 1500 copies.
Ref: Sanchez & Seydoux 1904-14. Please note has very little surface toning, of very little importance. The work measures 6.5 by 8 inches (plate mark) and very fine work.
PS. This is offered on the Internet by a print dealer for £950.00 (US $1, 512.78)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841—December 3, 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau”.