Marguerite-Thérèse (Margot) Berard (1874–1956), 1879
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 12 3/4 in. (41 x 32.4 cm)
Signed and dated (upper left): Renoir, 79
Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960, Met Museum 61.101.15
(From the info card):
"Renoir depicted the five-year-old daughter of his devoted patron Paul Berard, a French diplomat and banker whom he met in the winter of 1878. The artist often spent his summers at the Berards' country home in Wargemont, near Dieppe, on the Normandy coast, where he painted decorative pictures for the house and a veritable family album of portraits, which range from formal commissions to more intimate works that reflect a genuine fondness for the four Berard children. According to Margot's nephew, Renoir painted this spirited portrait of her to "cheer her up" after a disagreeable lesson with her German tutor that had brought her to tears."