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Children Playing Ball, before 1900

Auguste Renoir
French, 1841 - 1919
transfer crayon lithograph in colour on laid paper
Printed by Auguste Clot
80.8 x 60.2 cm; image: 59 x 51.9 cm
Purchased 1965
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14799)

The art dealer Ambroise Vollard commissioned this print. Following the birth of his sons Pierre in 1885 and Jean in 1894, Renoir moved away from the urban leisure subjects of his earlier career - the dance halls, cafés, and theatre - to portray more of family life. The depiction of games and children at play form a significant portion of Renoir’s later painting repertoire.

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