Nude Reclining on the Grass (1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Nude Reclining on the Grass - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleNude Reclining on the Grass
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nude Reclining on the Grass

The artwork entitled “Nude Reclining on the Grass” was created by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1890. This oil on canvas painting belongs to the Impressionism movement, a genre known for capturing moments with a focus on the effects of light and color. The genre of this particular piece is classified as a nude painting (nu). Currently, the painting is held in a private collection, rendering it inaccessible to the general public.

The artwork portrays a reclining nude female figure lying on her stomach amidst a natural setting that appears to be a field or grassy area. The brushwork is loose and fluid, typical of the Impressionist style, imbuing the painting with a sense of spontaneity and movement. Renoir’s use of color to capture the play of light on the subject’s skin creates a delicate rendering of form and anatomy without sharp definition. The background is composed of warm, blended hues that suggest trees, sky, and possibly a body of water, contributing to an overall sense of harmonious environment. The composition is relaxed and intimate, with the figure’s curved posture and the soft focus contributing to the sensuality of the scene. Renoir’s skillful handling of light and shadow and his ability to convey texture through color exemplify key characteristics of the Impressionist movement.

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