This uncommissioned painting displays the thick, hatched strokes, strong colors, and porcelain-like skin tones typical of Renoir's high-society portraits. The multicolored, warm red-oranges and gold that predominate in the background serve as a foil to the black-clad figure, the wife of a friend. The gold in her bracelets, pin, earrings, and dress links her to the background. Mme Paulin has the dreamy, meditating countenance that the Impressionists favored as a way of softening the posed quality of traditional portraits.

Credit: Gift of Ogden Phipps, New York, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation


  • Title: Portrait of Mme. Paulin
  • Date Created: 1885 - 1890
  • Location: France
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © IMJ, by Max Richardson Public Domain
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Painter: Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Exhibition: A Room of Her Own, Anna Ticho House, Jerusalem, 01/12/2007 - 29/02/2008
  • Dimensions: 81.7 x 58.3 cm
  • Curator: Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina

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