Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1867) by Frederic Bazille

Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Frederic Bazille - 1867

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir
ArtistFrederic Bazille
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions62 x 51 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris

About Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The artwork titled “Portrait of Pierre-Auguste Renoir” was created by Frederic Bazille in 1867. This oil on canvas portrays the fellow artist within the context of the Impressionist art movement. Measuring 62 by 51 centimeters, it falls into the genre of portraiture and can be viewed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

In the artwork, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is depicted in a seated position, creating an intimate atmosphere that draws the viewer’s attention directly to the subject. He appears contemplative or perhaps momentarily at rest, with his hands clasped over his lap. Renoir is dressed elegantly in a suit, the jacket and trousers rendered in dark tones that contrast against the lighter shades of his shirt and the blue cravat at his neck. His posture and dress suggest a casual formality, emblematic of personal portraiture of the era.

Bazille’s use of color and texture reinforce the Impressionist style, where brushstrokes are visible and contribute to a sense of movement and vibrancy within the work, despite its seemingly static subject. The background is executed with loose, expressive brushwork, utilizing a range of muted colors that complement but do not overshadow the figure. The attention to the play of light on the subject’s face and hands, as well as the choice to capture a candid expression, aligns with Impressionist preoccupations with light and the transient moments of life.

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