Nude Seated on a Sofa (1876) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Nude Seated on a Sofa - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleNude Seated on a Sofa
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

About Nude Seated on a Sofa

The artwork titled “Nude Seated on a Sofa” is a creation of the esteemed Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dating back to the year 1876. This oil on canvas piece falls under the genre of nude painting (nu) and exemplifies the artistic currents of the Impressionist movement. Its current residence is at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia, where it contributes to the rich collection of historical art.

The artwork captures the subtle interplay of light and color emblematic of Renoir’s style. It depicts a young woman, her nude figure seated casually on a sofa, enveloped by the soft textures of the fabrics. Renoir’s brushstrokes give the form a delicate and sensual immediacy, while also conveying the relaxed and introspective mood of the sitter. Her gaze appears contemplative, directed toward the viewer but also seeming to look beyond the immediate surroundings.

The use of light and shadow is central to the composition, creating a naturalistic effect that suggests the warmth of the environment and the suppleness of the flesh. The figure’s skin tone is rendered with Renoir’s characteristic palette of warm hues, suggesting the life and vitality of the subject. While the background remains largely undefined, it contributes to the impression of a private, intimate moment captured by the artist.

Renoir’s “Nude Seated on a Sofa” stands as a testament to his skill in portraying the human form with empathy and aesthetic sensitivity, and remains a valued piece within the oeuvre of Impressionist art.

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