Mademoiselle Demarsy (Woman Leaning on Her Elbow) (1882) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Mademoiselle Demarsy (Woman Leaning on Her Elbow) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleMademoiselle Demarsy (Woman Leaning on Her Elbow)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mademoiselle Demarsy (Woman Leaning on Her Elbow)

The artwork, titled “Mademoiselle Demarsy (Woman Leaning on Her Elbow),” is a creation of the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, completed in the year 1882. It is an oil on canvas portrait that embodies the Impressionist movement, a genre distinguished by its emphasis on the depiction of light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, and distinctive brushwork. The genre of this artwork is identified as a portrait, focusing on a single figure. At present, the painting resides within a private collection, a testament to its enduring allure and significant cultural value.

The artwork portrays a young woman poised with her elbow resting on a surface and her cheek gently supported by her hand. Renoir’s use of loose and energetic brushstrokes is apparent across the canvas, exemplifying the Impressionist technique that seeks to capture the fleeting effects of light and color. The color palette is rich with the soft blush of the subject’s cheeks and lips contrasting with her dark attire, complemented by the vivid blues of her hat. Her gaze towards the viewer is inviting yet contemplative, suggesting a moment of quiet introspection. The background is rendered with vibrant, almost ethereal brushstrokes that evoke the sense of a lush, outdoor setting, possibly capturing the natural light and atmosphere that were central to the Impressionist ethos. Renoir’s skill in rendering the textures of fabric and the delicate features of the woman’s visage, as well as the dynamic interplay of light and shadow, make this portrait an exemplary piece of the Impressionist movement’s legacy.

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