Little Girl with a Red Hair Knot (1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Little Girl with a Red Hair Knot - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleLittle Girl with a Red Hair Knot
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Little Girl with a Red Hair Knot

The artwork “Little Girl with a Red Hair Knot” was created by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1890. This portrait is executed in oil on canvas and is representative of the Impressionist movement, a style characterized by a focus on light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, distinctive brush strokes, and vivid colors. Though originally produced in the 19th century, the artwork is currently held in a private collection, which keeps the work in exclusive custody and away from public exhibition.

The artwork depicts a young girl gazing slightly to the side, exuding a sense of innocence and contemplation. Her delicate features are illuminated with soft light that highlights the youthful complexion of her face. Renoir’s use of diffuse brushstrokes captures the texture of her fair hair, which is accented with a striking red hair knot that draws the viewer’s attention. The background is rendered in muted and undefined shades, creating a contrast that further emphasizes the subject.

The artist’s distinctive Impressionist technique is evident in the fluid contours and the interplay of light and shadow, which give the painting a sense of immediacy and vivacity. The girl’s attire, only suggested with rapid and loose brushwork, hints at the fashion of the time, but Renoir’s primary interest seems to lie in portraying the subtle expressions and the tender aura surrounding the child, a recurring theme in his oeuvre that demonstrates his skill at capturing the human spirit.

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