Pierre Henri Renoir (1870) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre Henri Renoir - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1870

Artwork Information

TitlePierre Henri Renoir
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions81 x 64.1 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pierre Henri Renoir

The artwork entitled “Pierre Henri Renoir” was created by the esteemed artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1870. This oil on canvas painting measures 81 by 64.1 centimeters and resides within a private collection. It represents a classical example of the portrait genre and is informed by the artistic principles of Realism, an art movement known for its dedication to depicting subjects as they appear in everyday life, without artificial embellishment or romanticization.

The artwork features a male figure, presumably Pierre Henri Renoir, centrally positioned against a rich, dark background that gives way to vibrant brushstrokes of red and deep greens in the top right quadrant. Renoir’s mastery of oil painting is evident in the finely rendered details of the subject’s face, capturing a reflective and sober expression. The man’s attire is formal and of the period, with a dark coat, a waistcoat, and a white shirt with a pointed collar peering through. In his hands, which are well-defined and rest one over the other, is a small, delicate gold chain with ornamental details, possibly a watch chain, which he holds with a relaxed yet deliberate grip.

The painterly technique demonstrates Renoir’s ability to convey texture and the interplay of light and shadow, lending a sense of depth and dimension to the figure. The portrait exudes a sense of quiet dignity and introspection, inviting viewers to ponder the personality and thoughts of the sitter.

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