Portrait of Maurice Gangnat (1916) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait of Maurice Gangnat - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1916

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Maurice Gangnat
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism

About Portrait of Maurice Gangnat

The artwork titled “Portrait of Maurice Gangnat” is a notable creation by the renowned French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, completed in the year 1916. This portrait is an embodiment of the Impressionist art movement, a style known for its emphasis on the depiction of light and its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, and vivid color. As a genre, the work falls under the category of portraiture, which involves capturing the likeness, personality, and even the mood of a person.

In the artwork, Maurice Gangnat, the subject, is painted with a warm palette that radiates a softness characteristic of Renoir’s work. The brushwork is loose and free, conveying texture and movement within the fabric of Gangnat’s clothing and the nuances of his flesh tones. His face is depicted with a gentle luminescence, capturing the light that highlights his features, including the pronounced moustache. The subject’s expression manifests a refined calmness and a hint of a contented smile, which invites viewers to ponder the sitter’s thoughts.

Behind Gangnat, the background is rendered with broad, gestural strokes of earthen tones that complement his figure, allowing him to emerge as the focal point of the composition. The artist’s signature and the date are visible, discreetly inscribed in the upper right corner, serving as a testament to the moment in time when Renoir immortalized his acquaintance’s visage on canvas.

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