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A Peculiar Still Life

It is unlikely to find in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s oeuvre a work that resembles this still life and it is almost impossible to determine its subject: is it a vase? A lamp? A piece of fruit? A reproduction of this symmetrical composition that recalls Antique Roman frescos was included in Marc Edler and Albert André’s L’Atelier

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First exhibition of Kees Van Dongen at MM. Bernheim Jeune, 15 rue Richepanse, Paris, (November 25–Decembre 8, 1908)

In 1908 in Paris, two one-man exhibitions celebrated the work of Kees Van Dongen: one at Galeries Kahnweiler in March, the other at MM. Bernheim Jeune in November/December. At MM. Bernheim-Jeune, Van Dongen showed 89 works: 64 paintings, which appeared dated from 1892 to 1902 and by chronological order in the catalogue, 11 watercolors, 1

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Wedding Menu of Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Suzanne Costadau at Claude Monet’s Giverny property (December 12, 1903)

On December 12, 1903, Jean-Pierre Hoschedé (who became Claude Monet’s step-son when Monet wedded his mother Alice Hoschedé in 1892) married Suzanne Costadau at Monet’s home in Giverny. The host seemed to have left nothing up to chance for the wedding reception. This postcard, with a “Monsieur Claude Monet” header, shows again how much the

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Who is this woman?

In 1899, while examining Edouard Manet’s Jeune femme voilée at the home of the collector Charles Deudon (1832–1914), Pierre-Auguste Renoir alluded to an “ugly veiled woman” without identifying her (letter dated February 5, 1899 to Paul Durand-Ruel). Renoir did not recognized his close friend Berthe Morisot, who had passed away three years earlier. Yet in

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