This painting may be Renoir's earliest signed canvas. Its sensitive display of color and light communicates an ideal of delicate, youthful beauty. The luminous tones of the background drapery and of the child's white blouse result from the artist's careful observation of reflected light and color on translucent materials. The delicate nuances of color, particularly in the young girl's face, reveal Renoir's previous training as a decorator of porcelain. He painted this portrait, commissioned by the vacationing Lacaux family, during his stay at an artist's colony in the village of Barbizon, near Paris.
Paris, Hôtel Jean Charpentier. Exposition de la jeunesse vue par les maîtres français et étrangers du XVIe au XIXe siècle (1928), no. 100, Portrait de Mlle Romaine Lacaux, Collection de M. M. B. D.
London, Royal Academy of Arts. French Art 1200-1900 (1932), no. 454, lent by Mme Barret-Decap, Biarritz.
Paris, Musée de L'Orangerie. Exposition Renoir 1841-1919 (1933), 1: no. 1, A Mme Barret-Decap, Paris; 2: fig. 1 (owner's name must be mistaken, as it was sold in 1929).
New York, Duveen Galleries. Centennial Loan Exhibition 1841-1941: Renoir (1941), 16, no. 1, lent by Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, fig. 1.
New York, Paul Rosenberg. Loan Exhibition of Twenty-one Masterpieces by Seven Great Masters (1948), no. 4 (repr.).
New York, Wildenstein & Co. A Loan Exhibition of Renoir (1950), no. 1, frontispiece repr.
cma. Style, Truth, and the Portrait (1963), no. 88 (repr.).
Oberlin, Ohio, Allen Memorial Art Museum. Youthful Works by Great Artists (1963), Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin 20, no. 3 (1963): no. 24 (repr.).
Art Institute of Chicago. Paintings by Renoir (1973), no. 2 (repr.).
Philadelphia Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; Paris, Grand Palais. The Second Empire 1852-1870: Art in France under Napoleon III (1978-79), no. vi-100 (repr.).
London, Hayward Gallery; Paris, Grand Palais; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. Renoir (1985-86), no. 1 (repr.) (shown in Boston only).
Paris, Grand Palais; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Origins of Impressionism (1994-95), no. 169, 185-86 (repr.).
Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada; Art Institute of Chicago; Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum. Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age (1997-98), 21, 22 (repr.), 23 (repr.), 95 (repr.), no. 3, 94-96, 268.
The Baltimore Museum of Art (10/10/99 - 1/30/00); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (3/25/00 - 5/7/00); The Cleveland Museum of Art (5/28/00 - 7/30/00); "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from American Collections", exh. cat. no. 53, pp. 12, 144-145, color repr. p. 145.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2/25/2003 - 6/8/2003): "Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting", exh. cat. no. 194, p.516, fig. 1.64, p. 64.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 20 - May 29, 2005. "Masterworks from The Phillips Collection". Not in exh. cat.
Columbus Museum of Art (9/23/2005 - 1/15/2006): "Renoir's Women," fig. 26, p. 41.
CMA (organizer). Beijing World Art Museum, China, May 26 - Aug. 27, 2006; Mori Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan: Sept. 9 - Nov. 26, 2006; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, Feb. 21-June 1, 2008; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, June 22 - September 21, 2008; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"