Banks of the River (1874 – 1876) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Banks of the River - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1874 - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleBanks of the River
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Date1874 - 1876
Dimensions39 x 47 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Banks of the River

The artwork “Banks of the River,” created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir between 1874 and 1876, is a fine example of the Impressionist movement. Rendered in oil on canvas, this piece measures 39 by 47 centimeters and depicts a landscape scene. As part of the private collection, this artwork encapsulates the Impressionist focus on capturing the transient effects of light and color.

In the artwork, one can observe Renoir’s masterful use of loose, fluid brushstrokes to render the lush greenery and tranquil waters of a river bank. A sense of immediacy and the fleeting qualities of nature are palpable, as the trees and foliage appear to sway gently with the breeze. A figure is seated by the water’s edge, suggesting a moment of quiet reflection or leisurely repose. The dappled sunlight and reflections upon the water’s surface highlight Renoir’s interest in the interplay of light. Overarching all is the Impressionist aim to depict a sensory experience of the landscape, rather than a strictly realistic representation, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere of the scene.

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