Pierre-Auguste Renoir: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Woman with a Parasol in a Garden (1875) by Pierre-Auguste RenoirMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

'Contrary to what one may think, this canvas was not painted in the countryside but in the garden of Renoir's new studio in Montmartre. His friend George Rivière recalled: 'As soon as Renoir entered the house, he was charmed by the view of this garden, which looked like a beautiful abandoned park.'

A Girl with a Watering Can (1876)National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

'Renoir's colors reflect the freshness and radiance of the impressionist palette, while his handling is more controlled and regular than in his landscapes, with even brushstrokes applied in delicate touches, especially in the girl's face.'

In the café (c. 1877) by Auguste RenoirThe Kröller-Müller Museum

'Play of contrasts Renoir aims to get as close as possible to reality, but in his observations he includes everything that stimulates the senses -- light, colour, movement, atmosphere.'

In the Woods (c. 1880) by Pierre-Auguste RenoirThe National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

'Compared to other Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley and Pissarro, Renoir, who enjoyed painting figures, did not produce many landscapes, In his experiments to capture the bright outdoor light through short, disconnected brush strokes, however, he did create a few outstanding landscapes. Here, with short, almost Pointillistic bruch strokes, he skillfully brings out the green of the forest and the feeling of the surrounding atmosphere.'

Field of Banana Trees (1881) by Auguste RenoirMusée d’Orsay, Paris

'Starting in 1881 the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel regularly bought paintings from Renoir.'

The Daughters of Durand-Ruel (1882/1882) by Pierre Auguste RenoirChrysler Museum of Art

'He carefully rendered the laces of the girls' boots, the younger sitter's black ribbon necklace, and even the flower on the brim of the straw bonnet. An Impressionist masterpiece, the double portrait depicts the daughters of Paul Durand-Ruel--a Parisian art dealer who championed the work of artists like Renoir.'

Portrait of the Artist’s Son ([1885]) by Pierre-Auguste RenoirGalleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino

'The painting depicts Renoir's first-born son, Pierre, born in 1885.'

Portrait of Mme. Paulin (1885 - 1890) by Pierre Auguste RenoirThe Israel Museum, Jerusalem

'This uncommissioned painting displays the thick, hatched strokes, strong colors, and porcelain-like skin tones typical of Renoir's high-society portraits.'

Landscape at Pont-Aven (1892) by Pierre-Auguste RenoirThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'This river landscape near the village of Pont-Aven, Brittany, demonstrates his exquisite sensitivity to natural phenomena, such as the movement of water and the reflection of light.'

Claude Renoir in Clown Costume (1909) by Auguste RenoirMusée de l'Orangerie

'Very seldom did he actually have them pose, as his youngest boy Claude did here and as his other son, Jean, did in 1910 for the painting entitled Jean in Hunting Outfit.'

Three Bathers (1917/1919) by Auguste RENOIRThe Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

'Women in the nude, which he continued to portray insatiately, were no other than an eternal theme and eulogy of life to Renoir.'

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