Children Playing Ball, before 1900
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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