La Grenouillere (1869) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

La Grenouillere - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1869

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TitleLa Grenouillere
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions81 x 66.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

About La Grenouillere

The artwork titled “La Grenouillere” was created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1869. This oil on canvas painting is a genre painting exemplifying the Impressionism art movement. With dimensions of 81 x 66.5 cm, the artwork is currently housed in the Nationalmuseum, located in Stockholm, Sweden.

“La Grenouillere” is a vibrant portrayal of leisure beside the Seine River at a popular spot known as La Grenouillère, which was a fashionable place for Parisians to visit during the 1860s. The artwork captures a snapshot of social life with an array of figures congregating in a lush, tree-filled landscape that borders the riverbank. Central to Renoir’s depiction are the sparkling effects of light on water, which is conveyed through his loose brushwork and the play of colors, making the surface of the river shimmer. Figures are depicted in relaxed postures, the foliage is rich and dappled with sunlight, and the overall atmosphere is one of lively, yet relaxed activity. Sailboats and rowboats appear in the background, contributing to the sense of leisure and recreation. This painting testifies to the artist’s ability to translate fleeting moments of ordinary life into a timeless, sensory experience on canvas—an objective that was at the core of Impressionist practice.

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