Au Moulin de la Galette, c. 1895-1905

by Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Pierre-Auguste Renoir
(French, 1841–1919)
Au Moulin de la Galette, c. 1895-1905
pastel counterproof on Japan paper
18 5/8 x 24 inches.

Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Henri M. Petiet, Paris, after 1939
Thence by descent through the family
Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd. and Adelson Galleries, New York, by 2005

New York, Adelson Galleries, Renoir: The Pastel Counterproofs, November 1 - December 23, 2005, no. 1, pp. 18-19, illus.

Framed Dimensions
36.5"W X 30.5"H X 3"D


At the behest of Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard, from 1895 to 1905 French lithographer Auguste Clot created a series of counterproofs after pastels by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. To create the artworks, Clot applied a damp sheet of tissue-thin Japan paper over a pastel drawing and pulled the two sheets through a lithographic press. This created a mirror image softer in tone than the original pastels, but which retain their ethereal qualities. The original pastel, c. 1875-76, of the present lot is in the National Museum, Belgrade, Serbia (illustrated in Denis Rouart, The Unknown Degas and Renoir in the National Museum of Belgrade, New York, 1964, pp. 98-9).

Renoir gave Vollard his blessing to make the counterproofs; however, the dealer kept them hidden on expectations of a rising art market. After Vollard’s death in 1939, the collection was acquired by Henri Petiet, a Parisian print dealer and collector. The counterproofs descended through the Petiet family after his death in the early 1980s. Marc Rosen, a New York dealer, discovered the counterproofs in early 2004 when the heirs asked him to review the estate. In 2005, 34 of the re-discovered counterproofs were exhibited for the first time in a century in Renoir: The Pastel Counterproofs, held at Adelson Galleries in New York, in conjunction with Marc Rosen.