Paris: Chez Ambroise Vollard, 1919. One of 375 copies on Arches paper out of a total edition of 1,000 copies. The rest of the edition consisted of 100 copies on Japon impériale paper, and 525 copies on "beau papier teinté." Original etched frontispiece by Renoir ("La Femme nue"), one color lithograph by Auguste Clot after oil painting by Renoir, ("Le Sirènesº) fifty-one full-page photogravures, with tissue-guards, and 175 reproductions of drawings in the text. Occasional very light foxing, especially to tissue guards. Housed in quarter azure morocco slipcase, with chemise. Some rubbing and discoloration to the slipcase, but it has kept the book clean and fresh for decades. A near fine copy. Original cream-colored printed wrappers, with glassine covering. Folio. 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.; 327 x 248 mm. , [12, tables and indexes. Item #16866
The second in a planned series of three volumes on Renoir by Vollard. The first, Tableaux, pastels et dessins de Pierre-Auguste Renoir, appeared in 1918; the third projected volume was never published.
Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) was one of the most important dealers in contemporary French painting at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is known for providing exposure and support to then-unknown artists, including Cezanne, Mailliol, Picasso, Derain, Roualt, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, as well as Renoir. His clients included Albert C. Barnes and Gertrude and Leo Stein. He was also a formidable art collector and a publisher.