Friday, February 10, 2012

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste

Mademoiselle Romaine Lacaux
oil on canvas
81 × 65 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, United States of America

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) 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.

Mademoiselle Romaine Lacaux - Painted by Renoir in 1864, with its grays and black, its use of flowers for spots of color, and the still life in the right back-ground, it recalls similar work by Courbet. Even more, it suggests certain paintings by Manet in that it possesses that freshness of light, a certain luminous transparency. It further reminds one of the early portraits of Degas.