Cagnes Landscape (1914 – 1919) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Cagnes Landscape - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1914 - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleCagnes Landscape
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Date1914 - 1919
Dimensions29 x 39 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Cagnes Landscape

The artwork “Cagnes Landscape” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir dates back to the period between 1914 and 1919. An exemplar of the Impressionism movement, this piece is crafted using oil on canvas, with dimensions measuring 29 x 39 cm. Classified as a landscape, this painting is part of a private collection and showcases the artist’s characteristic impressionistic style.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a vibrant depiction of a rural scene, likely inspired by the countryside around the village of Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France where Renoir spent his final years. The brushwork is loose and visibly expressive, a hallmark of Impressionism, which aims to capture moments with an emphasis on the play of light and color rather than precise detail. Patches of warm yellows, oranges, and rich greens dominate the canvas, evoking the feeling of sunlight filtering through the foliage.

There is an immediacy in the landscape with the rough application of paint, where forms are suggested rather than meticulously defined. Trees and shrubbery are rendered with quick, dabbing strokes, using color to create depth and texture. The sky occupies a relatively small portion of the composition, mostly towards the upper right corner, allowing the focus to remain on the lush vegetation. The presence of the outdoors is palpable, with the sense of a warm climate conveyed through Renoir’s palette and energetic brushwork. Despite the absence of human figures, the landscape exudes a sense of life and movement suggestive of a fleeting moment captured by Renoir’s perceptive eye.

The signature “Renoir” can be seen in the lower right corner, indicating the artist’s authorship of this captivating scene.

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