Friday, February 3, 2017

Madame Georges Charpentier with Her Children

The well known publishers Georges Charpentier and his wife were important figures in the intellectual life of Pairs. Monsieur Charpentier paid Renoir a handsome sum to paint this large picture of his wife and children.

In 1878, Pierre Renoir submitted Madame Charpentier with Her Children, depicting his wealthy patron’s wife and two children to the traditional Salon jury, where he won great acclaim.

Madame Georges Charpentier with Her Children
Delighted with the canvas, Madame Charpentier used her influence to ensure that it was hung in a choice spot at the Salon, introducing Renoir to her society friends; several of whom commissioned future portraits from him.

The painting was not only accepted at the Salon of 1879 but it was well displayed and frequently mentioned in reviews.

One goal of ensuring that the painting was a success at the Salon was to further Renoir’s career and by implication, to endorse the taste and perspicacity of his patrons.
Madame Georges Charpentier with Her Children
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