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[[newspaper clipping]] ^[[file [[double underlined]] Albert Barnes [[/double underlined]] ]] ART THE NEW YORK TIMES, SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1935. [[image: black and white photograph of a painting of two 19th century women and a man sitting near a tree on a hillside; the man is sketching one of the women]] FRENCH MASTERPIECE BOUGHT BY PENNSYLVANIA COLLECTOR. "La Famille Henriot," by Pierre Auguste Renoir, which has been acquired from the Bignou Gallery by Dr. Albert C. Barnes of Merion, Pa. [[pencil underlined]] BARNES [[/pencil underlined]] ACQUIRES TWO RENOIR WORKS Merion, Pa., Collector Buys Paintings by Modern French Impressionist Here. HAS 175 OTHERS BY HIM 'La Famille Henriot' Done in 1876 - Other is 'Portrait of Jeanne Durand-Ruel.' Two paintings by the French artist of the Impressionist school, Pierre Auguste Renoir (1831-1919), have been bought by Dr. Albert C. Barnes from New York art galleries for his famous art collection incorporated as the Barnes Foundation at Merion, Pa. One of the paintings is "La Famille Henriot," acquired from the Bignou Gallery, 32 East Fifty-seventh Street. The other is the "Portrait of Mademoiselle Jeanne Durand-Ruel," bought from the Durand-Ruel Gallery, 12 East Fifty-seventh Street. Thursday afternoon Dr. Barnes walked into the Bignou Gallery and, after looking at the Renoir canvas less than five minutes, purchased it. Yesterday morning he visited the Durand-Ruel Galleries and bought the second canvas. Already Dr. Barnes had the greatest collection in the world of French nineteenth and twentieth century paintings, with no collections even in France to compare with it, according to Etienne Bignou, French dealer, who opened a branch office in New York last month. Dr. Barnes already had more than 175 paintings by Renoir and more than ninety by Cézanne. In 1923, when he announced that he would build a $500,000 structure to house the collection, it was valued at $3,000,000. "La Famille Henriot" was painted about 1876, during Renoir's so-called classical period. This study in gray and blue was painted at St. Cloud, near Paris. Mme. Henriot was one of the artist's favorite subjects and in this canvas he has portrayed himself sketching her, as she sits beside her sister, under a tree through which sunlight filters. This canvas, according to Mr. Bignou, was the last painting of Renoir's classical period which is not in a museum or other permanent collection. It is of the same period as "Madame Charpentier and Her Children" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan canvas, Mr. Bignou said yesterday, is in such bad condition that, if steps are not taken immediately to preserve it, it will be ruined irretrievably within a few years. The paint already has cracked and soon will begin to flake off, he said. When asked last night about the condition of the painting, Herbert E. Winlock, director of the Metropolitan, said, "We consider such reports unduly alarming."
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