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Paysage de Bretagne by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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A stunning Impressionist landscape by master Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Key Features

  • An incredible Impressionist landscape by Renoir entitled Paysage de Bretagne
  • Many academics believe his landscapes are the keystone of his entire body of work
  • Renoir was one of many renowned artists inspired by Brittany's beauty
  • His mastery of light and color is amazing
  • Circa 1892 and stamped "Renoir" (lower right); Oil on canvas
  • 13 1/8" high x 14 1/8" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    P:14 1/8; F:25 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    P:13 1/8;F:24 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
  • Artist:
    Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841-1919 French

Paysage de Bretagne

 Stamp signed "Renoir" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

"The simplest subjects are eternal. . . . one can invent nothing better." Renoir (as recorded in A. Andre, Less Dessins de Renoir, 1921) 

Paysage de Bretagne exhibits the vivid color and fluid brushstroke that characterize Renoir's revolutionary work. A classic example of Renoir's renowned aesthetic, this exciting landscape is a symphony of the vibrant greens, pale blues and warm yellows that he so loved. Renoir's landscapes are considered to be among the most important of all of his works, and this outstanding oil is one of his finest.

Renoir's mastery of outdoor light is eloquently rendered in this painting. The trees and foliage seemingly dance in the gentle breeze, an effect executed with a discerning blend of soft, swift strokes and heavier, more broad applications of luminous color. Renoir, like other renowned artists including Paul Gauguin and Paul Signac, was inspired by the lush, scenic peninsula located in northwestern France.

Perhaps one of the best loved Impressionists of all time, Renoir is famous for his extraordinary canvases. Born in Limoges, France, Renoir began his career as an apprentice to a painter of porcelain wares then moved to Paris at the age of 21 enrolling at the prestigious École des Beaux Arts. It was here, while studying under Charles Gleyre, that Renoir attained a tremendous appreciation for the academic style of painting, a quality that would last throughout his career. This was also a time in which he met Claude Monet and several other classmates who would later establish the French Impressionist group.

Working closely with Monet, Renoir began experimenting with the portrayal of light and its effect on his canvases. The youngest member of the Impressionist movement, an astute Renoir recognized how a subject was constantly changing due to the dynamic effects of light on color. Capturing a particular moment in time, or an "impression," rather than a subjective scene, was central to the group's philosophy, which became the most important artistic phenomenon of the 19th century.

Relying heavily upon his academic training that focused upon composition, lines and descriptive details, Renoir distinguished himself among his contemporaries. His intuitive use of color and expansive brushstroke, along with an acute attention to his subject, have placed him among the finest painters in history.

Canvas: 13 1/8" high x 14 1/8" wide
Frame: 24 1/2" high x 25 1/2" wide

Private Collection, Switzerland
Galerie Boulakia, Paris, France
Private Collection, Palm Beach

This painting is accompanied by a L'Institute Wildenstein certificate of authenticity, and is to be included in the Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Pierre-Auguste Renoir in preparation by L'Institute Wildenstein.

Artist's Exhibitions:
Impressionist Exhibitions, Paris, 1874, 1876, 1877
Société des Artistes Français, Paris
Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1904

 Artist's Museums:
The Louvre, Paris
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Art Institute of Chicago
Tate Gallery, London
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
The State Museum Gallery, Munich
National Gallery, Berlin
Museum of Art and History, Geneva
Philadelphia Museum of Art
New Orleans Museum of Art

Tableaux, Pastels & Dessins de Renoir, 1918, Ambroise Vollard
The Great Book of French Impressionists, 1980, Horst Keller
The Random House Dictionary of Art and Artists, 1988, Collins Publishers
The Impressionists, 1967, Francois Mathey
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs  , 1976, E. Bénézit
Davenport's Art Reference  , 1994/95 Edition, R. J. Davenport
Painting by William Bouguereau

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