A Waitress at Duval's Restaurant  1875

by Auguste Renoir

Renoir portrays a waitress who worked at one of several Parisian restaurants established by a butcher named Duval. An 1881 Baedeker guidebook described these "Établissements de Bouillon" as offering a limited and affordable menu to patrons "waited on by women, soberly garbed, and not unlike sisters of charity." Renoir imparted to his comely model an unaffected grace. As he...
100.3 x 71.4 cm (39 1/2 x 28 1/8 in.)
Oil on Canvas
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art