Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips
  • Around 1897, 200 prints were printed in a first run of 100 in black and white, 50 in bistre and 50 in sanguine. According to Joseph Stella, apart from a few proofs, the colored lithograph exists in an edition of 200 copies in various color variations. The printer was Auguste Clot, Paris, who added the second signature below the illustration in the most colorful version.

    Depicted is Berthe Morisot's daughter, Julie Manet, and a cousin of hers, who inspired the artist to create several versions in print form. Pinning the Hat, one of Renoir's largest, most elaborate prints, is among the lithographs he published in the 1890s, when color lithography finally began to shed its commercial associations and became a vehicle for original expression. His efforts in this medium were greatly indebted to the enterprising encouragement of two men: the Parisian dealer Ambroise Vollard, who commissioned prints by contemporary artists, and eventually became the most important print publisher of his time; and Auguste Clot, the great lithography printer who printed many of Vollard's editions. Vollard believed that by using the finest paper and inks and employing the best master printers his editions would appeal to collectors as affordable alternatives to unique works.

    To create this print, Renoir made a preliminary drawing on paper, which was transferred to the lithographic stone. He then reworked the image on the stone, using lithographic ink. After this state was printed, he colored an impression with pastel, which the printer then used as a guide for the preparation of the color print. The final print bears the kind of loose, feathery markings and vivid, atmospheric coloring that are hallmarks of Renoir's paintings. The subject, which Renoir had previously treated in a pastel and an oil painting of 1893, as well as in three etchings of 1894, is the painter Berthe Morisot's daughter, Julie, pinning flowers on her cousin Paulette's broad-brimmed hat.


    – Starr Figura, in Deborah Wye, Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, p. 3

    • Literature

      Loys Delteil; Joseph Stella 30
      Claude Roger-Marx 5bis.
      Johnson 1977
      Ambroise Vollard 108


Le Chapeau épinglé, 2e planche (Pinning the Hat, 2nd plate) (D., S. 30)

circa 1898
Lithograph in eleven colors, on Arches MBM laid paper with watermark, with full margins.
I. 24 x 19 1/2 in. (61 x 49.5 cm)
S. 29 3/8 x 24 1/2 in. (74.6 x 62.2 cm)

Signed in the stone at the lower right image, additionally with a lithographed signature in the lower left margin, from the edition of 200 (there were also some artist's proofs and editions in various colors), published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, unframed.

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