Jean Renoir in a Chair (Child with a Biscuit) (c.1895) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Jean Renoir in a Chair (Child with a Biscuit) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1895

Artwork Information

TitleJean Renoir in a Chair (Child with a Biscuit)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Jean Renoir in a Chair (Child with a Biscuit)

The artwork titled “Jean Renoir in a Chair (Child with a Biscuit)” is a distinctive piece by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, circa 1895. This oil on canvas reflects the aesthetic values of the Impressionism movement, with the portrait genre capturing a candid scene, likely of personal significance to the artist, given the subject is presumably his son, Jean Renoir. It currently remains within a private collection. The formal elements of the artwork exhibit quintessential Impressionistic techniques: a soft focus, visible brushstrokes, and a vibrant interplay of light and shadow contribute to the painting’s liveliness and warmth.

In the artwork, we observe a young child comfortably seated, the roundness of their cherubic cheeks and innocent expression rendered with a remarkable tenderness and intimacy characteristic of Renoir’s approach to portraiture. The figure, depicted with a fluffy white bonnet, gazes contemplatively while nibbling on a biscuit, hinting at a moment of serene domesticity. The child’s white garment cascades around them, blending seamlessly with the chair’s curves – a testament to Renoir’s skill in composing harmonious and natural scenes. The brushwork is loose and fluid, with colors merging softly, suggesting the fleeting nature of the moment. There is a discernible fascination with light, as evidenced by the way it filters through the bonnet and clothes, accentuating the child’s delicate features and creating a radiant atmosphere around them.

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