Coco at Drawing, 1904
Renoir saw himself in the friendliest agreement with the world which is why he remained in touch with the nature of the children. One likeable example is the portrait of his youngest son Claude. In his late years, Renoir had finger-crippling gout problems which led him to move to the south of France although this did not help much.
Here, this little piece
was created, showing the youngest son who often
watched his father work and for whom drawing was a
form of creation requiring much dedication and a
serious mind. The pencil is very sharp and light at
the end, but in itself, it is quite bulky and it is
prone to its own movements which you can only
control by being most closely to it. The head has
come down, with the hair touching the arm, and the
lips tell us that something intricate should come
into existence ...
Only very few portraits
succeeded in sensitively reflecting the being of a
child who is so much in natural harmony with
himself. Everything is a process of becoming
something, as well as a perfect unity with the light
feeling of the body and with the devotion in which
the self is lost ...