Nude in an Armchair (c.1885 – 1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Nude in an Armchair - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1885 - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleNude in an Armchair
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1885 - 1890
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nude in an Armchair

The artwork “Nude in an Armchair” is a piece by the renowned Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created approximately between 1885 and 1890. This work falls within the nude painting (nu) genre and is illustrative of the Impressionist movement. Presently, the location of this artwork is a private collection, indicating that it is under the ownership of an individual or a non-public entity.

The artwork portrays a female figure seated in a casual, reflective pose in an armchair. Her body is rendered with soft, flowing lines that demonstrate Renoir’s skillful use of light and color to convey the roundness and softness of flesh. The color palette is typical of the Impressionist movement, with gentle contrasts and transitions between warm and cool tones. The juxtaposition of blue hues in the background with the warmer tones of the subject’s skin creates a sense of depth and dimensionality.

The brushwork is loose and energetic, which is characteristic of Impressionist paintings, capturing the transient effects of light rather than focusing on precise anatomical details. The composition as a whole exudes a sense of intimacy and immediacy, inviting viewers to witness a private moment of tranquility. Renoir’s portrayal of the human form in “Nude in an Armchair” is both poetic and dignified, showcasing his mastery in depicting the grace and beauty of the human figure.

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