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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Daughters of Catulle Mendès  wikidata:Q728373 
creator QS:P170,Q39931
Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Daughters of Catulle Mendès
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Object type painting
English: The Daughters of Catulle Mendès, Huguette (1871–1964), Claudine (1876–1937), and Helyonne (1879–1955)

Artist: Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer) Date: 1888 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 63 3/4 x 51 1/8 in. (161.9 x 129.9 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1998, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002

Hoping to recapture the success he had achieved with Madame Georges Charpentier and Her Children at the Salon of 1879, Renoir sought to paint the daughters of his friend Catulle Mendès. In addition to the girls’ manifest charm, he undoubtedly counted on the notoriety of their bohemian parents to gain attention: their father was a Symbolist poet and publisher, and their mother was the virtuoso pianist Augusta Holmès. Renoir completed the commission in a matter of weeks and immediately exhibited the large canvas in May 1888, but the response to his new manner of painting, with its intense hues and schematized faces, was unenthusiastic.
Date 1888
date QS:P571,+1888-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 161.9 cm (63.7 ″); Width: 129.9 cm (51.1 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,+161.9U174728;P2049,+129.9U174728
institution QS:P195,Q160236
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Inscriptions Signature top right: Renoir 88


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