Girl with a Fan ( Alphonsine Fournaise) (1880) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl with a Fan ( Alphonsine Fournaise) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with a Fan ( Alphonsine Fournaise)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Girl with a Fan ( Alphonsine Fournaise)

The artwork titled “Girl with a Fan (Alphonsine Fournaise)” was crafted by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1880. This portrait was executed using oil on canvas and is a quintessential example of the Impressionism movement. The piece is housed in the Hermitage Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, bearing witness to Renoir’s fascination with the beauty and character of his subjects.

This particular artwork depicts a young woman, presumably Alphonsine Fournaise, holding an open fan. Her gaze is directed slightly away from the viewer, giving a sense of contemplation or reserve. The brush strokes are loose and fluid, a hallmark of Renoir’s style and the Impressionist technique, which sought to capture moments with a sense of immediacy and movement. The color palette is warm, with the background rendered in soft, diffuse golden hues. The skin tones are naturalistic, yet there is notable attention to the play of light, which adds volume and life to the subject’s face. The sitter’s clothing is suggested with rapid, expressive strokes, mainly in dark colors which contrast with the light lace collar and the cream-colored fan, both of which receive more detailed attention. The resulting composition is intimate and engaging, inviting viewers to ponder the thoughts of the young woman portrayed.

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