Girl in Blue (1918) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl in Blue - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleGirl in Blue
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Girl in Blue

The artwork “Girl in Blue” is a portrait painted by the renowned Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the year 1918. Executed in oil on canvas, this work exemplifies the characteristic brushwork and color palette of the Impressionist movement. The genre of this piece is a portrait, showcasing Renoir’s interest in capturing the human figure with sensitivity and a luminous quality. Currently, “Girl in Blue” is housed within a private collection, indicating it is not on public display.

This artwork presents a young girl in a contemplative pose, her gaze directed away from the viewer. Renoir’s mastery of light and shade is evident in the delicate rendering of the girl’s features, with the flesh tones exuding a soft warmth that contrasts against the titular blue of her garment. The background is subdued, rendered in a mellow, earthy tone that allows the subject to stand out. The dress, with its vibrant strokes and dapples of color, suggests the texture and movement of fabric, while the girl’s hair is set against the background with deft touches of dark and reddish hues. The captivating interplay of color and light throughout the artwork exemplifies Renoir’s dedication to exploring the nuanced beauty of his subjects.

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