About the Artist:
Émile Auguste Renault, France, (1870-1938), was an engraver and illustrator and worked in pencil, pastels and dry point. He was also known as: Émile Malo Renault, Malo-Renault and Émile Renault.
Renault, called more usually Malo-Renault, took the name of his home town of Saint Malo in Brittany. He first studied as an architect, and then at the École des Arts Décoratifs. His printmaking career really began with his 1897 marriage to the printmaker Honorine Tian (Nori Malo-Renault), who often printed his plates.
The art of Malo-Renault, primarily etchings, drypoints and wood engravings, is profoundly influenced by the post-Impressionists, and particularly the Nabis. His sense of color and composition also shows a Japanese influence as well as the works of Toulouse-Lautrec.
The frequent subjects of his work are feminine grace and the naivety children. He was also inspired his native St Malo and the people and landscapes of Breton. [DES-12/15]