Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
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".
$78.1 - $128.8 Million
Owned by John Hay Whitney, on May 17, 1990, his widow sold the painting for US$78 million at Sotheby's in New York City, New York to Ryoei Saito, the honorary chairman of Daishowa Paper Manufacturing Company, Japan.
1881 Blond Bather
1887 The Large Bathers
1897 Sleeping Bather
Au Moulin de la Galette, smaller version of the painting
How Renoir Coped with Rheumatoid Arthritis article in British Medical Journal by Boonen A. et al.
The Story Behind the Masterpiece... The Luncheon of the Boating Party
Suburban Pastoral, The Guardian, 24 Feb 2007