Girl with Fan (c.1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl with Fan - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1881

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with Fan
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Girl with Fan

The artwork “Girl with Fan” is a noteworthy creation by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dated circa 1881. This oil on canvas portrait exemplifies the Impressionism art movement and is housed within the holdings of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. Renoir’s signature use of vibrant light and color plays throughout the composition, capturing a moment of delicate beauty and fleeting sensation, hallmarks of the Impressionist genre.

This particular artwork features a young woman attired in a dark jacket with a white lace collar, sporting a wide-brimmed hat adorned with floral embellishments. She holds a fan in her right hand, which is partially open, showing a hint of painted decoration on it. The woman’s gaze meets the viewer with a mild, enigmatic expression that draws one into contemplation of her character and mood.

Behind her, there is a flourishing bouquet of chrysanthemums, rendered with loose, expressive brushstrokes that suggest the vibrancy and movement of the flowers. The division of space is achieved through a background of vertical stripes, providing a structural contrast to the organic forms in the foreground. The juxtaposition of the static and dynamic elements, along with the artist’s skillful manipulation of light and texture, results in a captivating and enduring piece of art.

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