On the Terrace (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

On the Terrace - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleOn the Terrace
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39 1/2 x 31 7/8" (100.5 x 81 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About On the Terrace

The artwork “On the Terrace” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created in 1881, is an oil on canvas reflecting the Impressionist movement. With dimensions of 39 1/2 x 31 7/8 inches (100.5 x 81 cm), this genre painting is currently housed at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, US.

The artwork presents a lively and inviting scene set outdoors on a sunlit terrace. Two figures, presumably a young woman and a child, are featured as the central subjects. The woman is seated, attired in a dark blue dress with floral accents, and wears a wide-brimmed hat decorated with a bold orange blossom. Her gaze is calm and her posture relaxed, giving a sense of ease and leisure. The child beside her, placed at a slight angle, dons a white dress with a blue sash and an adorned straw hat, looking outward with an engaging and innocent expression.

The backdrop of the artwork unveils a verdant landscape with trees and hints of a river, communicating a sense of depth and the natural beauty typical of outdoor scenes. Renoir has masterfully captured the play of light and shadow using rapid, expressive brushstrokes, a hallmark of the Impressionist technique, that imbue the tableau with vibrancy and a sense of the fleeting moment. The color palette is rich with greens, blues, and the warm tones of the flowers both in the basket on the terrace and embellishing the subjects’ hats, emphasizing the harmony between the sitters and their environment.

This artwork encapsulates not only a moment of serene companionship but also the wider Impressionist aim to depict the sensory effects of light and color, celebrating everyday life and the world as perceived through the artist’s unique vision.

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