Auguste Rodin, c. 1910-1914
transfer crayon lithograph on wove paper
Printed by Auguste Clot
62.7 x 47.9 cm; image: 40.6 x 38.8 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9709)
There is much debate as to when this portrait was drawn. It is possible that it dates as early as June 1906, when Rodin was invited by Renoir to visit his Paris studio in Montmartre. In 1914, Renoir was commissioned to draw another portrait of the artist for a book on Rodin’s sculpture published in 1915. To produce this print, Renoir drew with a lithographic crayon on a piece of paper that was then transferred under pressure to a lithographic stone by Auguste Clot (the printer of Ambroise Vollard). The texture of the transfer paper can be seen in the crayon lines, a characteristic of the print that would not have appeared had the artist drawn directly on the stone.