RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste
(b, 1841, Limoges, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer)

Portrait of Madame Alphonse Daudet

1876
Oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) was a French novelist. As a close friend of Goncourt, Flaubert, and Zola, he belonged to the Naturalist school of prose. In 1867 Daudet married Julia Allard (1844-1940), French poet and essayist, author of Impressions de nature et d'art (1879), L'Enfance d'une Parisienne (1883), and some literary studies written under the pseudonym "Karl Steen."