Girl with Red Stockings (1886) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl with Red Stockings - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with Red Stockings
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Girl with Red Stockings

The artwork “Girl with Red Stockings” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was completed in 1886. This oil on canvas piece is categorized within the Impressionism movement and is acknowledged as a sketch and study genre. It currently resides in a private collection. The impressionistic approach is evident in the artwork’s loose brushwork and the luminosity of its color palette which are typical of Renoir’s work from that time period.

In the artwork, one observes a young girl standing in what appears to be a natural outdoor setting. Her attire is quite modest, consisting of a blue skirt and a darker blue bodice complemented with red stockings, which are the focal point given their bright color contrast. The girl’s face carries a serene expression, softly rendered to capture the play of light typical of Impressionist works. In the background, minimal details suggest a rural landscape with a semblance of a figure or object at a distance. The overall execution of the painting, while seemingly unfinished, emphasizes the fleeting moment captured by the artist, reflective of the Impressionist intent to depict scenes of contemporary life with spontaneity and immediacy. The rough, visible brushstrokes add to the dynamic quality of the work, emphasizing the artistic process and the momentary essence of the subject.

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