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    Feb 25, 1841 – Dec 3, 1919
  • La Grenouillere 2 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau", he was noted for his radiant, intimate paintings, particularly of the female nude.
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  • La Grenouillère, 1869
    Oil on canvas
    Nationalmuseum - Stockholm, Sweden.

    Impressionists wanted to get away from the classical insistence on an enclosed pictorial form, a varnished surface. They wanted their painterly technique to be open-ended, and they refused to delimit their subjects in the accepted way. This approach eventually caught on everywhere in western art, and it has left its imprint on the paintings of the 1870s and 1880s.

    Auguste Renoir's La Grenouillère (The Frog Pond), has all these ingredients - a sketch-like painting, which to contemporaries seemed unfinished, no carved-out details, a glitter of sun reflecting the movements of the water, the boats partly truncated to convey a sense of the passing moment, and the individual details toned down in favour of the overall picture. But, the depiction of reality is still there.

    La Grenouillere by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is a perfect example of French Impressionism. Interestingly enough, it is also a perfect painting with which to compare his style with that of his close friend, Claude Monet, who painted his own version of La Grenouillere with Renoir side by side. La Grenouillere was a resort located on the Seine featuring boating and other activities. Both Renoir and his friend Monet painted nearly identical scenes at La Grenouillere, featuring various people enjoying a small floating dock in the painting's center, as well as various boats. La Grenouillere serves as a perfect example to compare and contrast the two masters' styles.

    Renoir has depicted an actual moment and life as it is lived, a fragment without any greater depth of interpretation. The theme is a new one: instead of something heroic, we have a casual, trivial excerpt from reality, held together by the lighting.

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Other paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir:

Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil
Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil
Irene Cahen d'Anvers
Irene Cahen d'Anvers
Jeunes filles au piano (Girls at the Piano)
Jeunes filles au piano (Girls at the Piano)
Luncheon of the Boating Party
Luncheon of the Boating Party
Pierre-Auguste RenoirBorn in Limoges, Renoir moved to Paris and began his career as an apprentice painter in a porcelain manufacturing plant. His formal studies began at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1862 and continued at Gleyre's studio where he painted with fellow Impressionists, Sisley and Monet. Renoir's early paintings demonstrate his love of 18th Century French painting as well as the influence of Courbet and Delacroix.

The artist's portraits of women, often engaged in mundane daily activities, demonstrate his skill as a colorist. Working on a small scale, the artist used the subtleties of light and color to model his subjects. In the first years of the 20th Century, Renoir, encumbered by the effects of rheumatism, retreated to his home in the south of France where he increasingly turned to painting a favored subject: the female nude. These sensitive renderings, widely regarded as among the artist's finest works, represent a stylistic departure from Renoir's earlier paintings, evoking the nudes of the classical world.