Self-Portrait, 1910, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
collecting colours over a cup of coffee...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Mother Nursing Her Child (Aline [wife] and Pierre [first child]), 1886, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The years between 1884 and 1887 are known as the "Dry Period" in the artist's life, and most critics at the time thought that he had gone astray.
This crisis, however, was not just an individual matter. It affected not only Renoir, but also Monet, Pissaro and Degas and finally led to a complete collapse of this group of Impressionists
quoted from Peter Feist's Renoir
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The Umbrellas, 1883, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Renoir created a number of beautiful examples of the two prototypes of street scenes, i.e. both general impressions of streets and crowds of people randomly hurrying past one another and the same people observed at close quarters. It was the latter type that Renoir sought to capture in the life-size figures of The Umbrellas. He used subtle shades of blue, grey and brown and then added emphasis by means of some brightly glowing colours.
quoted from Renoir by Peter H.Feist
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The above painting is one of the most significant of Renoir. For a better resolution version go here
The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris, France.
In 1870, the owner Charles-Nicolas Debray, added a guinguette with a dancing room, and called it "Moulin de la Galette" in 1895. The "galette", is a small rye bread that Debray millers made and sold with a glass of milk. Now, in French, "galette" is the name of cake. In 1830, they replaced milk with wine (especially the local Montmartre wine) and the windmill by a cabaret.
The atmosphere was relaxed and customers more popular than in other establishments such as "Moulin Rouge". People came to "Moulin de la Galette" for enjoying and dancing.
quoted from Moulin de la Galette
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Theatre Box, 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Notes: The man in this painting is Renoir's brother, Edmond
PS: I typed out La Loge in the title and then realized I'd done the translated titles for the rest. Somehow I always wonder about the validity of translating titles - don't have an answer though
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Lise, 1867, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Renoir's first masterpiece was his Lise of 1867, which was exhibited at the Salon the following spring. It was a full-length life-size portrait of his young girl-friend Lise - something which was normally only used for royalty.
quoted from RENOIR by Peter H.Feist
Saturday, October 17, 2009
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