Aline Charigot (future Madame Renoir) (1885) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Aline Charigot (future Madame Renoir) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1885

Artwork Information

TitleAline Charigot (future Madame Renoir)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, US

About Aline Charigot (future Madame Renoir)

The artwork “Aline Charigot (future Madame Renoir)” is an oil on canvas portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created in 1885. As a quintessential work of the Impressionist movement, it is housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The genre of this piece is indeed portraiture, which captures the likeness and personality of its subject.

In the artwork, Renoir depicts a young woman with a gentle and engaging expression. She is adorned with a straw hat, embellished with what appears to be roses, tilting slightly on her head. Her attire is composed of a light yellow blouse with a soft, dappled texture that speaks to the artist’s mastery in conveying the interplay of light and shadow through loose brushstrokes, inherent to Impressionist technique.

The subject’s averted gaze and slight smile exude a sense of ease and natural grace, inviting contemplation about her thoughts or mood. The background consisting of abstracted shapes in various blue and white hues contrasts and enhances the warmth of the subject’s complexion and clothing. The execution of dynamic light and color nuances along with the intimacy of the subject’s portrayal are indicative of Renoir’s affectionate observation, likely contributing to the tender atmosphere of the portrait.

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