DUBLIN, IRELAND.-The National Gallery of Ireland has placed on view its recent acquisition, Young Woman in White Reading by French nineteenth-century master, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). The painting, which is the first Renoir to enter the collection, was purchased at auction, at Sothebys Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York (November 2007).
Janet McLean, the National Gallerys Curator of European Art 1850-1950, says that this recent acquisition is considered a fine example of the artists work and will strengthen the Gallerys collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.
Painted in 1873, the painting depicts a fashionably dressed woman seated on a sofa absorbed in a book. The sitter is unknown, although it may portray Camille Monet, wife of the artist Claude Monet. Capturing an informal, everyday moment with an immediate accuracy, the painting also anticipates the motif of the intimate interior, as represented in Bonnards Boy eating cherries, and Le dejeuner both in the Gallerys collection.
Renoirs Young Woman in White Reading will be on permanent display to the public from Thursday, March 13th 2008. In May, it will form part of the Gallerys summer exhibition, Impressionist Interiors, which will feature well-known paintings by all the major artists such as Manet, Monet, Gauguin, Degas, Vuillard, Bonnard and Pissarro. Advance booking for the exhibition will commence 10 April, by direct telephone to the National Gallery of Ireland (Booking line: T. 01-663 3513) or online through Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie.