Lise Sewing (1866) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Lise Sewing - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1866

Artwork Information

TitleLise Sewing
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementMagic Realism
Current LocationDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, US

About Lise Sewing

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s artwork “Lise Sewing,” created in 1866, is an oil portrait that exemplifies the artist’s early engagement with the depiction of individuals in intimate settings. Contrary to the statement provided, Renoir’s style aligns more closely with Impressionism rather than Magic Realism. The artwork is part of the collection at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas, United States.

The artwork portrays a young woman deeply absorbed in the act of sewing. With her attention fixed on the needle and thread, the model, known as Lise TrĂ©hot, is captured in a moment of quiet concentration. Her hands deftly maneuver the materials, contributing to a sense of immediacy and tactile involvement. The clothing of the sitter, a striped shirt with subtle shading and a bright piece of blue fabric, showcases Renoir’s adeptness at rendering textures and patterns.

Lise’s complexion is rendered with softness, allowing the light to gracefully highlight her features, while her dark hair, adorned with a red ribbon, provides a harmonious contrast to the lighter tones of her skin and shirt. Her earring adds a small yet vibrant touch of color that is echoed by the ribbon. The background is loosely defined, with broad, gestural brushstrokes that give rise to a somewhat neutral space, directing the viewer’s focus back to the subject and her activity. Renoir’s skill in using light to create dimensionality and his brushwork that captures the essence of a fleeting moment are already evident in this work, which anticipates the artist’s full embrace of the Impressionist style.

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