Ambroise Vollard (1908) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Ambroise Vollard - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1908

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TitleAmbroise Vollard
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions65 x 79 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationCourtauld Gallery, London, UK

About Ambroise Vollard

The artwork entitled “Ambroise Vollard” is a portrait crafted by the eminent French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1908. Executed with oil on canvas, this piece measures 65 by 79 centimeters and is an exemplification of the Impressionist movement. The portrait, which captures the essence and character of its subject, is part of the collection at the Courtauld Gallery located in London, United Kingdom.

The artwork illustrates Ambroise Vollard, a renowned art dealer of the period, engrossed in the examination of a small statue. Renoir has depicted Vollard with a contemplative expression, emphasizing his discerning nature as an art connoisseur. Vollard’s fixed gaze upon the sculpture suggests deep appraisal and understanding, a testament to his role in fostering the careers of many artists during the time.

Renoir’s brushwork remains true to the Impressionist sensibilities, with loose, dappled strokes that imbue the composition with vitality and a sense of immediacy. The color palette is dominated by warm earth tones, grounded by the deep, velvety black of Vollard’s jacket. Echoes of purples and greens on the tabletop where other scattered objects rest, contribute to the rich, tactile quality of the scene. Renoir’s nuanced portrayal not only immortalizes Vollard’s physical appearance but also captures an intimate moment of intellectual engagement, characteristic of the sitter’s involvement with the artistic developments of the era.

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