Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier (c.1878) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1878

Artwork Information

TitleMademoiselle Georgette Charpentier
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier

The artwork “Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier” is an oil on canvas portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dated circa 1878. Renoir, a prominent figure in the Impressionism movement, completed this piece during a period characterized by a focus on capturing the fleeting effects of light and movement. Though the artwork belongs to a private collection, it exemplifies the genre of portraiture common within the artist’s oeuvre.

In the artwork, there is a close-up depiction of a young girl, the titular Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier. Renoir’s brushwork is soft and luminous, a hallmark of his style, lending the subject’s skin a gentle glow. Her dark eyes gaze directly at the viewer, conveying a sense of contemplative innocence. Her complexion is rendered with subtle shifts in tone, emphasizing her youthful delicacy. The warm, reddish-brown background contrasts with the girl’s lighter skin tone and the dark shade of her attire, drawing the viewer’s attention to her face. The ruffled collar of what appears to be a velvet dress frames her face, underscoring the era’s fashion. The painting is intimate, capturing the sensibility and depth of character of the young subject, a testament to Renoir’s skill in portraiture and his ability to convey the human spirit through his Impressionist technique.

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