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

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

Artwork Information

TitleBanks of the River
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1874 - 1876
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Banks of the River

The artwork “Banks of the River” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir dates from circa 1874 to 1876. This landscape, executed in oil on canvas, is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement. Renoir’s impressionistic style is defined by the loose brushwork that captures the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Currently, this piece is held in a private collection, suggesting its unique value and the esteem in which it is held by connoisseurs.

The artwork presents a serene view that is characteristic of Renoir’s landscapes. One can observe the gentle flow of the river, accompanied by soft reflections on the water’s surface. The banks are adorned with lush vegetation, depicted with quick, dappled brushstrokes that suggest movement and the vibrancy of nature. The palette is light and airy, creating an overall impression of a tranquil, hazy atmosphere, possibly that of early morning or twilight. Renoir’s choice of colors subtly gradates to represent the sky and its soft, diffused light, lending a harmonious quality to the scene. The overall effect is one of tranquility and beauty, capturing a moment of natural splendor in a way that invites the viewer to experience the environment’s ephemeral qualities.

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