Madame Georges Charpentier (née Marguérite-Louise Lemonnier, 1848–1904)
and Her Children, Georgette-Berthe (1872–1945) and Paul-Émile-Charles (1875–1895)
Oil on canvas, Signed and dated (lower right): Renoir. 78.
60 1/2 x 74 7/8 in. (153.7 x 190.2 cm)
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1907 (MMA 07.122)
Renoir said of this piece:|
"Madame Charpentier reminds me of the sweethearts of my youth, the models of Fragonard. The two daughters had lovely dimples. I was congratulated. I forgot the attacks of the newspapers. I had models who were willing to sit for free and who were full of good will." (From _Pierre-August Renoir 1841-1919: A Dream of Harmony_ by Peter H. Feist, page 43)
(From the info card)
"Wearing an elegant Worth gown, Marguérite Charpentier sits beside here three-year-old son, Paul. Following the fashion of the time, his hair has not yet been cut and his clothes match those of his sister, Georgette, who perches on the family dog. Pleased with the painting, Madame Charpentier used her influence to ensure that it was hung in a choice spot at the Salon and introduced Renoir to her friends, several of whom commissioned work from him."
The Feist book gives a chronology of Renoir. Nine years before his death, in 1907: