La lecture (A Girl Reading) (c. 1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

La lecture (A Girl Reading) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c. 1890

Artwork Information

TitleLa lecture (A Girl Reading)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec. 1890
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions13 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

About La lecture (A Girl Reading)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French Impressionism artist who became known for his paintings of Parisian life and leisure scenes. One of his famous works is “La Lecture” or “A Girl Reading,” which depicts a young woman reading a book. The oil on canvas painting measures 54 x 67 cm and was created in 1918.

Renoir’s early works were characterized by Impressionist elements, such as the use of vivid colors and lighting to create snapshots of real-life scenes. In “La Lecture,” the girl is portrayed with soft, warm tones giving the painting an intimate atmosphere.

The painting has been attributed to Renoir’s unique ability to capture beauty and leisure in his art. It exemplifies his skill for depicting women in their private moments, where they appear relaxed and at ease. The piece also highlights Renoir’s technique for emphasizing the details that signified femininity during that period.

The provenance of the artwork suggests that it passed through notable collectors who valued its beauty, including Léon Marseille from France in 1934 and Dr Albert Charpentier from Paris. Thus, “La Lecture” remains one of Renoir’s most elegant artworks due to its depiction of femininity while highlighting contemporary leisure activities that show a simpler way of life away from the bustling city environment characterized by industrialization during that time.

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