Girl with Flowers (1888) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl with Flowers - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with Flowers
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions65 x 54 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationSão Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil

About Girl with Flowers

The artwork titled “Girl with Flowers” is a creation by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dating back to the year 1888. This piece of art, executed with oil on canvas, exemplifies the Impressionist movement. The painting measures 65 by 54 centimeters and can be classified within the portrait genre. Presently, the artwork is housed in the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM), located in São Paulo, Brazil.

“Girl with Flowers” depicts a young girl enveloped by a vibrant, lush setting. The child is portrayed seated, grasping a bouquet of flowers that appear to cascade across her lap. A bold red ribbon adorns her hair, complementing the red sash and accents on her white dress, infusing the scene with a warm chromatic harmony. Renoir’s distinct impressionist style is evident in the loose, expressive brushwork that animates the surrounding foliage and infuses the scene with an almost tangible sense of sunlight and air.

The girl’s gaze is contemplative and seems to suggest an inner serenity, while her face and arms are rendered with a blend of realism and impressionistic softness that conveys both the innocence of youth and a sense of fleeting, ephemeral beauty. The background remains abstract with dappled strokes of green, yellow and hints of blue, displaying Renoir’s ability to create a feeling of depth and environment with mere suggestions of form. The lively interplay of light and color in this artwork embodies the Impressionist preoccupation with capturing the transient effects of sunlight and the essence of the moment.

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