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The guitar player
(La Joueuse de guitare)
(c. 1896)

oil on canvas
55.0 × 46.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Alcoa of Australia Limited and the Alcoa Foundation, Governors, and The Shell Company of Australia Limited, Founder Benefactor, 1977
© Public Domain
Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Purchased from the artist by Galerie Durand-Ruel (dealer), Paris, 30 November 1899, stock no. 5544, photo no. 1472 exhibited Durand-Ruel, Tableaux par A. Renoir, Paris, June 1902, no. 17 exhibited at Grafton Gallery, London, 1905, no. 266 (owner Durand-Ruel) exhibited Durand-Ruel, Paris, Tableaux par Monet, C. Pissarro, Renoir et Sisley, 1910, no. 29 purchased by Paul Cassirer (1871–1926), Berlin, March 1912 collection of S. Cassirer, Switzerland purchased by Galerie Nathan, Zurich (dealer) [entrusted to Kunstmuseum Basel during the Second World War] sold to Swiss private collector 4 March, 1946 by whom sold to Galerie Nathan (owner Peter Nathan), Zurich (dealer) from which acquired by the NGV, 1977.

Auguste Renoir often painted people enjoying quiet, private moments. Women were frequently the subject of these paintings, and were portrayed bathing, reading, sewing, or closely interacting with children. From the late 1880s onward, Renoir produced a number of intimate studies where the sitters are playing musical instruments. Curiously, very few of these works convey any sense of ‘performance’, or any suggestion that the music is meant for ears other than the player’s.


Lower half of canvas reverse
Transcription…Rue du Cherche Midi/PARIS/........./
Ink stencil
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