French School, (20th century); French. Medium: colour lithograph. Date: 1903. Ernest Renan (1823-92) French writer and philosopher; best known for his innovative historical works on early Christianity; his life of Jesus (Vie de Jesus) was enormously popular but very controversial and appeared shocking to traditional Catholics; Provenance: Musee de La Presse, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.