Those Who Sat for Renoir

“The journals were full of models no sooner published than discarded. Even then I counseled moderation, thus contributing to my reputation as a ‘controversial figure.’ I said in a Harvey Lecture in 1956: ‘I should advise to wait and see. Models — in contrast to those who sat for Renoir — improve with age.'” (Erwin Chargaff, 1978, Heraclitean Fire)