Nude reclining on cushions (1907) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Nude reclining on cushions - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleNude reclining on cushions
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions155 x 70 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Nude reclining on cushions

The artwork “Nude reclining on cushions” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created in 1907, is an oil on canvas that participates within the Impressionist movement. Measuring 155 by 70 centimeters, this piece of art falls under the nude painting (nu) genre and is housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. The composition depicts an undraped female form leisurely reclined on sumptuous cushions. Renoir’s masterful use of color, light, and brushstroke render the flesh tones of the figure with a soft, vibrant glow that is characteristic of his work. The figure itself is portrayed in a relaxed, contemplative pose, with her head resting on her hand, the other arm draped across her body. Her gaze is directed away from the viewer, suggesting a quiet moment of introspection. The surrounding drapery and cushions feature a rich interplay of colors and patterns, contributing to the overall sense of depth and texture within the piece. Renoir’s skill in capturing the delicate interplay between figure and environment exemplifies the sensibilities of the Impressionist movement, as there is a tangible sense of immediacy and the impression of a fleeting moment caught on the canvas.

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