This painting will be reproduced in the Renoir catalogue raisonn from Franois Daulte being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.
Renoir once explained to Matisse his procedure for painting still-life pictures:
Walking through the garden, I pick flower after flower and gather them one after another as they come in my arm. Then I go into the house with the intention of painting them. I arrange them according to my fancy--and what a disappointment: they have lost all of their magic in the arrangement. But what has happened? The unconscious arrangement made as I pick them, based upon the impulse of taste that leads me from one flower to the next, has been replaced by a willed arrangement. This is influenced by memories of bouquets that have long since wilted but whose charm has stayed in my memory and guides me in putting together the new bouquet. Renoir said to me, 'When I have arranged a bouquet in order to paint it, I look at it from every angle and remain standing at the side I hadn't thought of' (quoted in G. Adriani, Renoir, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Tbingen, 1996, p. 274).
In his still-lifes Renoir could concentrate purely on the coloristic and formal concerns; he told Albert Andr: "I just let my brain rest when I paint flowers . . . When I am painting flowers, I establish the tones, I study the values carefully . . . The experience I gain in these works, I eventually apply to my (figure) pictures" (quoted in W. Gaunt, Renoir, Oxford, 1982, p. 32).
The present work once belonged to Paul Brard. The Brard family were among Renoir's greatest patrons; between 1879 and 1884 they commisssioned more than a dozen pictures including L'aprs-midi des enfants Wargemont (Daulte no. 457; Nationalgalerie, Berlin). Renoir was a frequent guest in their homes in Paris and Wargemont until Paul-Antoine Brard's death in 1905.
Graniums dans une bassine de cuivre
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 'Renoir 80' (lower left)
31.5/8 x 25.5/8 in. (80.5 x 65 cm.)
M. Brard, Renoir Wargemont, 1938.
D. Wildenstein, Renoir, l'cole des grands peintres, no. 1, Paris, 1980, p. 51, no. 29 (illustrated in color, p. 29).
Paul Brard, Wargemont; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, 8-9 May 1905, lot 31.
Etablissement Europeint, Vaduz.
Acquired from the above for The Akram Ojjeh Collection on 8 December 1977.