Richard Guino / August renoir impressionist ceramic plate

Richard GUINO (1890-1972)
ceramist. (Working for AUGUSTE RENOIR, see bio below).

A large ceramic plate with an impressionist nude lady.
Excellent condition.
Circa 1915.
34cm diameter. 7cm high.

Richard Guino (1890 - 1973)

Sculptor, decorator, ceramist, draftsman and painter of Spanish origin.

Born in 1890 in Spain (Girona), Ricard Guinó i Boix, known as Richard Guino studied sculpture at the School of Arts in Girona, then at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. During his collective exhibitions in Girona and Barcelona, ​​he was noticed in 1910 by Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), who offered him to work together in Paris. Settled in Montparnasse in 1910, the young artist assisted the painter in the creation of the "Cycle of the Seasons". Her sculptures and drawings are a tribute to women, whose femininity is accentuated by nudity and drapery: Venus with apple, Large Bather, Egyptian... A suite of inks represents the dance of Isadora Duncan ( 1877-1927) embodying Greek figurines.

Richard Guino exhibits in various galleries, at the Society of Decorative Artists (SAD) and at the National Society of Fine Arts. His growing success, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) not only bought his works, but offered to hire him as a sculptor for Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). This elderly painter is handicapped by deforming rheumatism and cannot practice sculpture himself. From 1913 to 1918, the Guino-Renoir artistic collaboration gave birth to numerous pieces deemed to be modern sculpture.

Subsequently, he signed a contract with the Hébrard gallery, which organized personal exhibitions for him in 1919, 1922 and 1922. In parallel with sculpture, the artist was interested in ceramics and collaborated from 1922 to 1932 with the Manufacture de Sèvres which will publish its models in sandstone and biscuit.
Richard Guino will also produce enamelled ceramics and furniture elements.

All his life, he will participate in many exhibitions in France and abroad.

When the painter died in 1919, the sculptures were published and sold under his sole name by Vollard, followed by other publishers (Renou, Poyet). "The attribution of these collaborative works was revised sixty years after their creation, following a long trial initiated in 1965 by Michel Guino, son of Richard and sculptor himself, who worked to publicize the his father's work."

Renoir-Guino sculptures are present in various museums: Musée d'Orsay, Petit Palais, Domaine des Collettes (Cagnes sur Mer), Tate Gallery (London), MoMA (New York), History Museum (Girona)


On the eve of the Great War, Richard Guino became the providential man for this senseless wager, the alchemist who would transform the delicate honey of paint into precious metal.

The transposition of the two-dimensional work into a three-dimensional work seems to be a challenge that falls within the literature of anticipation. Guino studies the models, listens to the painter, invents Renoir's sculpture and becomes the family portraitist as well as the occasional instructor of the Renoir sons in the profession of ceramist.

The sculptor, a precocious artist trained at the Beaux-Arts in Barcelona and recognized on the Parisian artistic scene, embarked on this project with the technical precision and all the experience deployed in his work as an assistant to Maillol. His collaboration with Renoir opens an important new page in the history of art for which the history of art will take a long time to share the credit.
REFERENCE: gu1712-1