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Renoir auction includes many personal items

Published 6:44 pm, Friday, August 23, 2013
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NEW YORK - Billed as the single-largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's personal property, an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal letters, photos and other memorabilia offers a candid look inside the master painter's life as an artist, loving husband and devoted father.

The Renoir Estate Collection is set to be sold in New York on Sept. 19 as 143 lots. Heritage Auctions has estimated its value at $3 million.

In addition, the sale includes 19 original sculptural plaster models, or maquettes, created during Renoir's twilight years between 1913 and 1918 with the help of a young assistant, Richard Guino.

A consummate artist who painted every day of his life, Renoir died in 1919. His personal archive remained with his heirs until 2005 when his grandson Paul Renoir offered it for sale as a single lot at a Maryland auction, where it was purchased by the current owner.

"It is a gold mine," said Virginie Journiac, an art historian and former curator of the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer, in the south of France. "These personal Renoir pieces will be seen for the last time as a unique collection unless a single buyer is able to purchase all the lots."

Other objects in the sale include Renoir's polka-dotted silk scarf, marriage license and a notebook full of critic's reviews. There are letters from his contemporaries Claude Monet and Edouard Manet; his Legion of Honor medals; hundreds of glass-plate negatives; and documents relating to the construction of Les Collettes, his estate at Cagnes-sur-Mer.

"Woodcocks" (estimated $80,000-$120,000) is the only painting in the sale. The small picture is of great historical significance because it is believed to be Renoir's last work, said Journiac, whose just-published book "The Late Renoir, The Riviera Years" is largely based on the material in the collection.

"He painted this still life with two dead birds some hours before he died, which is quite symbolic," she said.

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James Franco brings art to TV

LOS ANGELES - James Franco is coming back to TV, but this time it's not for a soap opera or the Academy Awards.

The Ovation channel said last week it's joining with the actor-writer-filmmaker on a new series, "James Franco Presents."

Ovation said the series will document Franco's explorations of the art world, including his gallery exhibits and other "passion projects." The prime-time series also will include Franco's "heroes" in various areas of the arts, the channel said.

The actor has dabbled in TV since his breakout role in the series "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999, with appearances on "General Hospital" and hosting the 2011 Oscars with Anne Hathaway.

"James Franco Presents" will debut this fall on Ovation.

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