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

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

Artwork Information

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

About Bust of a Young Girl Wearing a Straw Hat

The artwork entitled “Bust of a Young Girl Wearing a Straw Hat” is a portrait created by the distinguished artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1917. This piece embodies the characteristics of Impressionism, a movement known for its emphasis on capturing the effects of light and portraying the immediacy of the moment. As is typical of paintings from this era, the artwork is executed with visible brushstrokes that imbue it with a sense of life and movement. This particular work is not on public display as it resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a youthful female subject adorned with a vibrantly colored straw hat. The hat, tinged with hues of orange and yellow, is accented by a prominently placed white flower that adds texture and visual interest to the composition. The background is rendered in loose, abstracted brush strokes that suggest a verdant, outdoor environment without providing any explicit detail. This context amplifies the impressionistic quality of the scene.

The subject portrayed in the artwork exudes a soft demureness; her gaze is cast downwards and away from the viewer, evoking a contemplative or bashful mood. The warm palette of reds and oranges that envelops her creates a harmonious blend with the straw hat, suggesting sunlight dappling her form, further accentuating the distinct quality of natural light central to Impressionist works. Renoir’s mastery in conveying the delicate interplay of color and light is evident as he captures the essence of the moment, rather than delineating the meticulous details of the subject’s form.

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