Bust of a Young Girl in a Straw Hat (1917) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bust of a Young Girl in a Straw Hat - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleBust of a Young Girl in a Straw Hat
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Bust of a Young Girl in a Straw Hat

The artwork “Bust of a Young Girl in a Straw Hat” was created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1917. This oil on canvas painting is a testament to Renoir’s contributions to the Impressionism movement, which focused on capturing quick impressions and the effects of light. As a portrait, it exudes the characteristic warmth and vitality for which Renoir’s portrayals are celebrated. Currently, this work resides within a private collection, a testament to its valued place in the art world.

The artwork features a youthful female subject adorned with a straw hat, which is accented by red ribbons. Her gaze is not directed straight at the viewer, creating a feeling of casual candidness. The brushwork is loose, with Renoir’s signature dappled effect contributing to the sense of vibrancy and movement inherent in the piece. The color palette predominantly consists of warm tones; soft sunlit hues dance across the girl’s skin and hat, creating a harmonious blend that encapsulates the light and atmosphere of the moment the artist sought to capture. Renoir’s skilled hand is evident in the way the colors merge and complement each other, evoking the fleeting, ephemeral qualities that define the Impressionist style. The visible strokes imbue the piece with a tactile texture, inviting viewers to appreciate the painterly techniques Renoir employed. His signature, modest yet discernible, can be seen in the bottom left corner of the canvas, marking the authenticity and finishing the composition.

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