Leaving his "Ingresque" or "dry period" of the 1880s, this painting signals the beginning of Renoir's "pearl period." After turning briefly away from Impressionism and revisiting Classicism, Renoir took yet another new direction in the 1890s in his depiction of nude women and portraits in a soft touch style created with a rich color palette. Woman with a Hat is an example of this new style where all of the various colors have been blended with white, thereby producing a subtle, shining surface which then led to the name "the pearl period." The Mellon Collection in America includes a work that depicts the same clothing shown in a back three-quarter view. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.83)


  • Title: Woman with a Hat
  • Creator Lifespan: 1841 - 1919
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Cagnes-sur-Mer
  • Creator Birth Place: Limoges
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed upper right: Renoir.
  • Provenance: Durand-Ruel, Paris; Kojiro Matsukata; Sequestered by the French Government, 1944; Returned to Japan, 1959.
  • Physical Dimensions: w465 x h560 mm
  • Painter: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Object title (Japanese): 帽子の女
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1880年代の「アングル時代」、または「酸っぱい様式の時代」から抜け出して、いわゆる「真珠色の時代」に入った頃の作品である。印象主義からいったん古典的傾向に戻ったのち、1890年代にルノワールは再び新たな方向をとり、以後、裸婦や肖像を主題に、多彩な色感、柔らかな質感をたたえた作風を発展させて行く。この《帽子の女》もそのような作例の一つで、さまざまな色彩が白と混じり合って繊細な輝きを放つ様は、まさに「真珠色の時代」という呼び名にふさわしい。同じモデルを同じ服装で、斜め後ろから捉えた作品がアメリカのメロン・コレクションにある。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 83)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ルノワール、ピエール=オーギュスト
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Matsukata Collection, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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