Jean Renoir (1899) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Jean Renoir - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleJean Renoir
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Jean Renoir

The artwork titled “Jean Renoir” is a captivating portrait executed by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1899, employing oil on canvas as his medium. This piece exemplifies the Impressionist art movement and, like many Impressionist works, is characterized by its visible brush strokes and the interplay of light and color to capture the essence of the subject rather than its exact likeness. This particular genre of the artwork is a portrait and it is currently held in a private collection.

The painting depicts a young boy in profile, seemingly deep in thought or contemplation. The artist’s use of color and light imparts a certain softness to the youth’s features, while the brushwork adds texture to the hair and clothing, depicting the ephemerality of the moment. The subject’s face is rendered with a gentle glow, indicative of youth and innocence, which is a hallmark of Renoir’s style. The background is rather diffused, ensuring that the viewer’s focus remains on the boy, who may very well be the artist’s son, given the name and the period when Renoir’s own son Jean would have been a child. The expressiveness of the portrait, despite its seeming simplicity, reflects Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s mastery of capturing human character and emotion.

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