Head of a Woman (c.1918) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Head of a Woman - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1918

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a Woman
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Head of a Woman

The artwork “Head of a Woman,” created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir circa 1918, exemplifies the Impressionist movement. Crafted with oil on canvas, this piece is categorized as a sketch and study. Currently, it resides within a private collection. This work captures Renoir’s characteristic brushwork and his fascination with feminine beauty and light.

Upon examining the artwork, one is immediately struck by the loose and energetic brushstrokes that are emblematic of Renoir’s style and the broader Impressionist movement. The subject, the head of a woman, is rendered in an almost dreamlike manner, with an emphasis on the interplay of color and light rather than on fine detail. The colors are vibrant yet softly blended, with reds, yellows, greens, and whites that suggest the form of a woman framed by what may be construed as her flowing hair or a floral background. The woman’s features are gently suggested rather than explicitly detailed, directing the viewer’s focus towards the overall impression of the subject rather than a realistic portrayal. Renoir’s signature inscribed on the upper right corner of the canvas lends a personal touch, reminding us of the artist’s connection to his work.

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