Artist of the Day – Renoir

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Artist of the Day – Renoir

Renoir is one of the best loved artists of the 19th century.  He was born in Limoges, the son of a tailor and in 1854 to 1858 he was an apprentice to a porcelain painter.  In 1861 he entered Gleyre’s studio where he becomes friends with Monet, Sisley and Bazille. charles Gleyre (1806-1874) was a Paris-based Swiss painter who encouraged him to paint outdoors.

In 1881 he paints the painting “The Luncheon of the Boating Party and in 1882 he marries Aline Charigot.  In 1903 he moved to the Riviera for his health around 1892, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis. In 1907, he moved to the warmer climate of “Les Collettes,” a farm at Cagnes-sur-Mer, close to the Mediterranean coast. and in 1919 he died in Cagnes and is buried at Essoyes. Renoir’s paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.

Current Exhibition

The Frick Collection (New York) presents an exhibition of nine iconic Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, offering the first comprehensive study of the artist’s engagement with the full-length format, which was associated with the official Paris Salon in the decade that saw the emergence of a fully fledged Impressionist aesthetic. The project was inspired by La Promenade of 1875–76, the most significant Impressionist work in the Frick’s permanent collection. It explores Renoir’s portraits and subject pictures of this type from the mid-1870s to mid-1880s. Intended for public display, these vertical grand-scale canvases are among the artist’s most daring and ambitious presentations of contemporary subjects and are today considered masterpieces of Impressionism. On view only at the Frick, Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting is a landmark exhibition, bringing together several beloved masterpieces from around the world. Works on loan from international institutions are La Parisienne (1874) from the National Museum Wales, Cardiff; The Umbrellas (c. 1881 and 1885) from The National Gallery, London (first time on view in the United States since 1886); and Dance in the City and Dance in the Country (1882–83) from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Works on loan from American institutions are The Dancer (1874) from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;Madame Henriot “en travesti” (1875–76) from the Columbus Museum of Art; Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando (1879) from The Art Institute of Chicago; and Dance at Bougival (1882–83) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition will be shown in the Frick’s East Gallery. Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting was organized by Colin B. Bailey, the Frick’s Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator.

If you happen to be in New York here is the link to the Frick Collection.


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