THE MORGAN RECEIVES A MAJOR RENOIR DRAWING, UNSEEN FOR OVER 50 YEARS
The Morgan Library & Museum is proud to announce the recent acquisition of a large-scale study of two figures for Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s celebrated canvas, The Great Bathers of 1884–87, in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Beginning December 18, visitors will have the chance to see the monumental drawing in the Gilder Lehrman Hall lobby at the Morgan. The drawing was sold by the revered French art dealer Paul Rosenberg to the Heinz family in 1961 and has never been exhibited or reproduced in color. A gift from the estate of prominent philanthropist Drue Heinz (1915–2018), Bathers is the first major compositional study by the artist to enter the Morgan’s collection, enriching the holdings of drawings by artists associated with the Impressionist movement.