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    PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR (French, 1841-1919)
    Les Bécasses (The Woodcocks), 1919
    Oil on canvas
    5-3/4 x 7-7/8 inches (14.5 x 20.1 cm)
    Signed lower right (usual apocryphal signature in red): Renoir

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist's collection, Les Collettes, Cagnes, France, 1919-1922;
    By descent from the artist to his son, Claude Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, 1922-1969 (P.A. Renoir estate inv. no. 411 label verso);
    By descent from the above to his son, and grandson of the artist, Paul Renoir, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, 1969 (stamps verso);
    Watine-Arnault Scp., Paris, France, Arte Moderne et Contemporain, May 30, 1990, lot 28;
    Artcurial Deauville, Deauville, France, Tableaux Anciens et Modernes, Mobilier et Objets d'Arte, May 27, 2012, lot 23A.

    NOTE:
    We would like to thank renowned Renoir specialist, Virginie Journiac for authenticating this work, which will be included in her forthcoming book, Auguste Renoir.

    This small picture seems to be the last painting Renoir created, on December 2nd, 1919, just several hours before his death. In its agony, Renoir evoked this painting, as Félix Fénéon, witness to the last moments of the master's life along with his two doctors, Dr. Prat and Dr. Duthil recounts: Dr Duthil had killed two woodcocks and had told the master his exploit. In his frenzy, these birds returned stubbornly and, associated to ideas of painting, were his last concern. "Give me my pallet ... These two woodcocks ... Turn left the woodcock ... Return me back my pallet ... I cannot paint this beak ... Hurry up, my colors ... Change the place of these woodcocks." He died at two o'clock in the morning Wednesday, December 3rd, 1919.

    NOTE:
    This painting is accompanied by photocopies of two receipts and two handwritten letters from the Museum of Cagnes, dated April 8, 1952, thanking Claude Renoir for loaning the last two paintings done by his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir - one being Les Bécasses - to the museum's exhibition. Please also note the originals of these documents are included in Lot 89067 of this sale.






    Condition Report*: Glue-lined canvas; under UV exam, appears to be minor in-painting in lower left and lower right corners (not effecting signature), as well as a small fleck of in-painting in upper right corner; otherwise, appears to be in overall very good condition; Framed Dimensions 12.5 X 15 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2013
    19th Thursday
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