Lise on the Bank of the Seine (1870) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Lise on the Bank of the Seine - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1870

Artwork Information

TitleLise on the Bank of the Seine
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions184 x 115 cm
Art MovementRealism

About Lise on the Bank of the Seine

The artwork “Lise on the Bank of the Seine” was created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1870. It is an oil painting that exemplifies the Realism art movement. The painting measures 184 x 115 cm and belongs to the genre of nude painting (nu).

In the artwork, a young woman stands unclothed on the bank of the Seine. Her body is rendered with a soft focus and delicate brushwork that is characteristic of Renoir’s approach to figure painting. The woman, known as Lise, is portrayed with a quiet dignity and a sense of natural ease within her environment. She appears contemplative, gazing downward and to the side as if lost in her own thoughts.

Lise’s form dominates the composition, with her flesh tones set against a backdrop of rich greenery and hints of a blue water body in the distance. The surroundings are depicted with looser brushstrokes, evoking the shimmering quality of light and the lushness of the riverside setting. Beside Lise to her left, a small, attentive dog lies on a crumpled white garment, which, alongside a red accessory, provides a striking contrast to the predominantly natural tones of the scene. The presence of the dog and the casually draped fabric introduce a domestic, intimate quality to the scene. A figure lies in the background behind Lise, partially obscured and seemingly relaxed in the dappled shade, further enhancing the casual, serene atmosphere of the painting.

Renoir’s painting captures the essence of Realism by presenting an unidealized vision of the subject, emphasizing the natural beauty and simplicity of the human form in harmony with its surroundings.

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