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After the Bath, 1910: Framed Canvas Replica Painting: Medium
By artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) in a Private Collection
Medium: 24.75"Wx29.25"H framed (16.5"Wx21"H image size 4.375"W frame)
About The Artist
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
French painter originally associated with the Impressionist movement. His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s however he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined formal technique to portraits and figure paintings particularly of women.
French Impressionist painter born at Limoges. In 1854 he began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in Paris gaining experience with the light fresh colors that were to distinguish his Impressionist work and also learning the importance of good craftsmanship. His predilection towards light-hearted themes was also influenced by the great Rococco masters whose works he studied in the Louvre. In 1862 he entered the studio of Gleyre and there formed a lasting friendship with Monet Sisley and Bazille. He painted with them in the Barbizon district and became a leading member of the group of Impressionists who met at the Caf Guerbois. His relationship with Monet was particularly close at this time and their paintings of the beauty spot called La Grenouillre done in 1869 (an example by Renoir is in the Nationalmuseum Stockholm) are regarded as the classic early statements of the Impressionist style.
Like Monet Renoir endured much hardship early in his career but he began to achieve success as a portraitist in the late 1870s and was freed from financial worries after the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel began buying his work regularly in 1881. By this time Renoir had 'travelled as far as Impressionism could take me' and a visit to Italy in 1881-82 inspired him to seek a greater sense of solidarity in his work. The change in attitude is seen in The Umbrellas (NG London) which was evid.
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