Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Paysage by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

  • This captivating landscape was composed by the renowned Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • The dynamic oil reveals the artist's fascination with the fleeting effects of atmosphere
  • His light, swift brushstrokes perfectly capture the visual richness of the French landscape
  • Renoir's mastery over light and atmosphere places him among the world's greatest artists
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1841-1919 | French

Paysage
(Landscape)


Oil on canvas

This captivating landscape is exemplary of the signature style of the legendary Pierre-Auguste Renoir. With its vivid color and fluid brushwork, Paysage reveals the Impressionist master's obsession with the ephemerality of nature. Quick, feathered brushstrokes are intuitively blended with purposeful, thick applications of pigment, imbuing this scene with a sense of joyful impermanence. Renoir’s mastery over light and atmosphere is eloquently expressed in the diminutive work, which embodies the fresh spontaneity of his finest plein air paintings.

In a symphony of brilliant blues, greens, purples and yellows, Renoir captures verdant trees swaying softly in the breeze against a colorful sky. His bold color palette stands as a testament to his appreciation for the lush French countryside. It was landscapes such as this, painted en plein air and infused with light, that are considered the keystone of his entire oeuvre. Capturing his most fleeting impressions in each and every brushstroke, Renoir’s landscapes forever changed the very nature of art.

Born in Limoges in 1841, Renoir began his career as an apprentice to a painter of porcelain wares. He later 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 the time during which he met Claude Monet and several other classmates, with whom he would later form the Impressionists.

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. 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.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute from the Francois Daulte, Durand-Ruel, Venturi, Vollard and Wildenstein archives.

Circa 1900

Canvas: 5 3/8" high x 12 1/4" wide
Frame: 9 3/4" high x 16 5/8" wide
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Artist: Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Framed:16 5/8"W x 9 3/4"H
Unframed:12 1/4"W x 5 3/8"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:France
Subject:Landscape
Width:16 5/8 Inches
Height:9 3/4 Inches
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