Georges Renand was born 8 May 1879 in Paris. He studied business at the Haute Etudes Commerciales and began his career at the Crédit Lyonnais. In 1928, he left to join his friend Gabriel Cognacq at the Parisian department store Samaritaine. Gabriel Cognacq was the grand-nephew and heir of Samaritaine founder Ernest Cognacq, who with his wife Louise Jay had built up an enormous art collection. Gabriel inherited part of that collection, the majority of which was left to the city of Paris as the Cognacq-Jay museum, and added to it with his own purchases. His friend Renand began to acquire paintings in the 1920s, building up a remarkable collection of nineteenth and twentieth century works as well as old masters. The Renard collection was dispersed through several sales held in Paris in 1987-1988 after the death of his wife.
Duret-Robert, François. "L'événement Renand." Connaissance des Arts 429 (November 1987): 62-65.
Renand sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 20 November 1987.