Painted in a high-Impressionist style, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Irene Cahen D'Anvers, occasionally known as Little Irene was portrayed in 1880 yet the history of the sitter's life stretched deep into the XX century. A shimmering achievement of light and color, Renoir's reproduction from life movingly captured the eight-year-old Parisian girl in the bloom of youth. With visible brush strokes, Renoir beautifully paints the girl’s long, red-orange hair that stands out from the green and brown leaves of the dark background. Her light, soft skin was painted with much precision, and her eyes look away from the viewer. Little Irene timidly rests her hands on her lap. The blue and white dress she wears reinforce the feeling of innocence she transmits.
The painting, along with two others, was commissioned by a wealthy Jewish banker named Louis Raphael Cahen d'Anvers who wished Renoir – who was at that point painting in a more disciplined and commercial manner – to immortalize his daughters on canvas. Unfortunately, and rather mysteriously, the Cahen family did not like the painting of Little Irene, nor did they like the subsequent portraits of Irene's sisters and hung them in the servant’s quarters.
As the years passed Irene's son became an aviator in the French Army and died in one of the early aerial battles over the trenches. When the Nazis invaded France Irene's family, and friends were immediately sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Irene only survived by using her Italian married name and adopted religion to escape racial persecution. The reproduction of the young Irene, by the middle of the twentieth century, already an immensely valuable piece, was looted from the family home and was personally appropriated by Herman Göring and traded for other stolen works of art from the heartland of Europe.
In 1946 Irene herself spotted her likeness in an exhibition of liberated paintings and immediately began to petition the authorities to return the artwork. Finally, in her possession after so many years, Irene sold the painting soon after to pay for gambling debts and the work ended up in the E. G. Buhrle Collection where it remains today. The turbulence and trauma of the twentieth century can barely be seen in those ice-blue eyes.
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