"Renoir in the 20th Century"
In the early years of the twentieth century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir enjoyed an undisputed reputation in the art world; Guillaume Apollinaire described him as "the greatest painter of our time" in 1912. Renoir was hailed not only as an emblematic figure of Impressionism in the 1870s, but also as a master who had been capable of surpassing and renewing a movement growing more and more widely accepted. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, as well as Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis, expressed their admiration for Renoir, especially the "late style" he developed at the turn of the century. Great champions of modern art, such as Leo and Gertrude Stein, Albert C.Barnes, Louise and Walter Arensberg, and Paul Guillaume collected his work alongside that of Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse. This catalogue examines these highly productive years and invites the reader to have a fresh look at almost a quarter of Renoir's career. It is the first publication ever to focus on this subject.