Nude (Study for The Large Bathers ) (1886 – 1887) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Nude (Study for The Large Bathers ) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1886 - 1887

Artwork Information

TitleNude (Study for The Large Bathers )
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Date1886 - 1887
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About Nude (Study for The Large Bathers )

The artwork titled “Nude (Study for The Large Bathers)” is attributed to the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created during the years 1886 to 1887. As a figure pivotal to the Impressionism movement, Renoir’s sketch is a profound example of the genre he contributed to significantly. This particular study, exhibiting the characteristics of a sketch, plays a formative role in the prelude to one of his significant works, “The Large Bathers.” Currently, the piece is housed in the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

In the artwork, Renoir captures the delicate form of a nude female figure seen from the back in a profile view, with a slight twist that lets her face emerge from the left side of the canvas, gazing outwards with an expression of serene contemplation. Her skin tones are rendered in soft peachy hues, with gentle shadows that imbue the figure with a sense of volume and three-dimensionality against the monochromatic backdrop. The woman’s hair is loosely tied, with wisps falling around her neck, and a brush of white around her silhouette suggests an unfinished essence, characteristic of a study. Renoir’s adept use of light gives the subject a luminous quality, while the figure’s pose communicates a natural ease and gracefulness. The delicate rendering and attention to form emphasize the artist’s devotion to capturing human sensuality and warmth through his impressionistic lens.

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