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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste


Portrait de Mademoiselle Irène Cahen d'Anvers (Little Irène)
1879
54 x 65 cm
Oil on canvas
E.G. Buhrle Collection, Zurich

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
His paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions.
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.

Irène Cahen d'Anvers was the daughter of Cahen d'Anvers, a banker. The portrait was commissioned by her father.