One year before the death of Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1918, one of its three major art dealers Ambroise Vollard, published a two-volume work entitled : Paintings, Pastels and Drawings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The first volume of this book includes reproductions with a title and usually a date, never dimension, while the second volume is only constituted by reproductions without any indication. Although it is a reference book, this book is not a catalogue raisonné because it only has a part of the work of the artist, and half of them without any indication.
1931, Josse and Gaston Bernheim-Jeune published "L’Atelier de Renoir" in two volumes which reproduces and lists more than 720 works. This book shows the titles of the works, their dates and sizes. This second reference book is not a catalogue raisonné because it only shows the estate of the artist.
1971, François Dault published the volume 1 of his catalogue raisonné Renoir, devoted to figures from 1860 to 1890. In 1998, in François Dault's death, no other volume of his catalogue raisonné had been published.
1983, descendants of Josse Bernheim-Jeune, Guy-Patrice and Michel Dauberville began to develop their Catalogue Raisonné of paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Watercolors Pierre- Auguste Renoir. The fifth and final volume has been published.
Image above © BJ - Renoir painting the portrait of Madame Josse Bernheim-Dauberville, Pavilion of Bellune at Fontainebleau in 1901 . Extract from Renoir, Catalogue raisonné of paintings , pastels , drawings and watercolors, Volume I, Memories