Portrait of Pierre Renoir in a Sailor Suit (1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait of Pierre Renoir in a Sailor Suit - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1890

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Pierre Renoir in a Sailor Suit
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Pierre Renoir in a Sailor Suit

The artwork titled “Portrait of Pierre Renoir in a Sailor Suit” was painted by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1890. This oil on canvas reflects the Impressionist movement, a style known for its loose brushwork and vibrant depiction of light. As a portrait, it captures the artist’s son, Pierre Renoir, represented in a youthful sailor suit. The painting is held within a private collection, indicating it is not on public display.

The artwork exhibits characteristic Impressionist techniques with its soft brushstrokes and interplay of colors. It portrays a young boy in profile, gazing into the distance, rendered with a thoughtful and perhaps slightly contemplative expression. The boy’s cheeks are tinged with a rosy hue, suggesting the vitality of youth. His sailor suit, detailed with carefully placed brushstrokes, reveals the textures of the fabric and the folds of his garment. Although the background lacks specific detail, its blend of greens and yellows provides a contrasting backdrop that accentuates the figure’s outline and the nuanced colors in his auburn hair. Renoir’s painterly approach captures both the innocence of childhood and the intimate mood of the moment, which is emphasized through his masterful use of light and color.

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