Auguste Renoir - Claude and Renee 1903

Claude and Renee 1903
Claude and Renee
1903 78x63cm oil/canvas
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

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From National Gallery of Canada:
With its soft golden tones, pastel-like texture, and sculptural form, this double portrait is a fine example of Renoir's late style. Dressed in a white bonnet, Claude Renoir, known as Clo-Clo by his parents, is held by his nurse Renée Jolivet, the seventeen-year old daughter of a day labourer from Essoyes whose wife likely delivered Claude in 1901. While it represents an intimate moment of domesticity in Renoir's household, the pose nonetheless recalls the traditional Christian theme of the Madonna and Child.