PAUL RENOUARD (French / 1845-1924)

Charles Paul Renouard was born in Cour-Cheverny, Loir et Cher. He went to Paris at the age of 14, and worked as a decorator, before entering the atelier of Isidore Alexandre Augustin Pils in 1868; with Pils, Paul Renouard decorated the ceiling of the Paris opera house. Renouard first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1877. Paintings by Paul Renouard are rare, for he devoted almost all his energy to printmaking. He made his name with prints of actors, musicians, and dancers, both at the Paris Opera and at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Paul Renouard was greatly influenced by the Impressionists, especially Degas and Manet; in turn, Renouard influenced Vincent van Gogh, who admired his work. 2006 saw a major exhibition of Renouard's prints at the Tokyo National Museum, drawn from the gift of a collection formed by the Japanese art dealer Tadamasa Hayashi, who organised an exhibition of Renouard's prints in Paris in 1894, and dreamed of exhibiting them in Tokyo. Paul Renouard was essentially an artist in black-and-white. Our colour prints by Renouard, from his highly-sought-after portfolio La Danse, testify to an unusually close relationship between artist and printer. Renouard provided drawings on specially-prepared lithographic transfer paper, which the printer Gillot transferred to zinc plates, adding colour (in consultation with Renouard). These lithographs (or, to be pedantic, because Gillot patented the process, gillotages) are described on the portfolio as "dessins transposés en harmonies de couleurs" - the word harmonies, of course, acknowleges Renouard's debt to Whistler.

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Selected prints by PAUL RENOUARD

Harmonie en
vermillon et violet, 1892
Harmonie en vert
doré, rose et violet, 1892
Figurante du théatre
de Drury Lane, à
Londres, 1905

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