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Illustrating an extremely intimate portrait of the renowned publisher, Renoir expresses his delicate sensitivity toward the subject in this work. Appearing quiet and calm, Vollard sits in profile with his head lowered and eyes nearly closed. The use of hatched lines to create shadow and depth give this image a layered textural quality, with a softness created from the light edges surrounding the sitter. Dr. Joseph Stella stated in his catalogue 'The Graphic Work of Renoir', "Vollard was a close friend of Renoir and was one of the greatest art dealers and publishers of this period. He had dealings with all of the major artists of his time, including Cézanne and Picasso."