Head of a Young Girl (1878) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Head of a Young Girl - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1878

Artwork Information

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

About Head of a Young Girl

The artwork titled “Head of a Young Girl” is an oil on canvas portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, executed in 1878. It is an exemplar of the Impressionism movement. The portrait, depicting a young girl, resonates with the period’s aesthetic and its emphasis on light, color, and everyday subject matter, captured with visible brushstrokes. Currently, this piece is held within a private collection.

The artwork showcases the delicate rendering of a young female subject, portrayed in profile. One observes the softness of the girl’s features, emphasized by Renoir’s loose and fluent brushwork, which lends the portrait a certain vivacity and immediacy. The palette is dominated by warm hues that intermingle with light and shadow, engaging the viewer in an intimate moment frozen in time. The sitter’s attire and the feathered hat exemplify the fashions of the era and contribute to the characterization of the subject. Renoir’s signature in the upper right corner attests to his authorship of the refined and nuanced composition, a testament to his mastery in portraying human expression and his contribution to the Impressionist canon.

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