Lise with Umbrella (1867) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Lise with Umbrella - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1867

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TitleLise with Umbrella
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions118 x 182 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationFolkwang Museum, Essen, Germany

About Lise with Umbrella

The artwork “Lise with Umbrella,” created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1867, is an oil on canvas that represents the Realism art movement. This portrait genre painting spans dimensions of 118 by 182 centimeters and is currently housed at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany.

The artwork depicts a young woman standing outdoors dressed in a long, flowing white dress with a darker sash and trim. She holds an ornately designed umbrella over her shoulder, which provides a contrasting detail to her light attire. Her pose is casual yet elegant, suggesting a moment of leisure. The woman wears a hat, and her gaze is directed to the side, away from the viewer, adding an air of introspective calm to the scene.

Renoir’s skillful use of light and shadow imbues the white dress with a sense of texture and volume, while the background remains subdued in tone, allowing the figure to be the main focus. The brushstrokes are soft and the colors harmonious, a hallmark of Renoir’s style, which often depicted the beauty of simple moments and the grace of everyday life. Although classified under Realism, one can observe the emergence of Impressionist sensibilities that would later come to define Renoir’s approach to painting.

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