Gondola (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Gondola - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1881

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions54.6 x 66 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Gondola

The artwork titled “Gondola” was created by the renowned Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1881. This genre painting, exemplifying the use of oil on canvas, measures 54.6 cm in height by 66 cm in width. True to the ethos of the Impressionist movement, it depicts a vivid scene with a gondola as its central subject. Currently, this work is held in a private collection.

In the artwork, Renoir captures the gentle movement and vivacious colors of a Venetian scene. The painting showcases a gondola gliding through the water with two figures aboard: a gondolier who stands at the stern, maneuvering the oar, and a lone passenger sitting toward the bow. The passenger appears absorbed in thought or perhaps mesmerized by the surroundings. The background is washed in blues, yellows, and hints of pink, indicative of the reflection of the sky and the city’s architecture on the water. The gondola itself, with its characteristic curved shape and ornamental elements, sits prominently on the undulating waves, rendered with broad, expressive brushstrokes that convey the fluidity and changing light of the waterscape. The distant buildings and other boats suggest a busy, yet serene aquatic thoroughfare, with the yellow sail of another vessel catching the eye and adding depth to the composition. Renoir’s signature style, focusing on the interplay of light and color, is evident as he captures the essence of this picturesque moment with both intimacy and immediacy.

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