Posthumous Portrait of Frederic Bazille (c.1885) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Posthumous Portrait of Frederic Bazille - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1885

Artwork Information

TitlePosthumous Portrait of Frederic Bazille
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Posthumous Portrait of Frederic Bazille

The artwork “Posthumous Portrait of Frederic Bazille” is a creation by the French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Dating from around 1885, the work is executed in the signature style of the Impressionist movement, showcasing Renoir’s mastery of light and color in the depiction of figures and scenes. The piece falls within the genre of portraiture and, as per the available information, is currently housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, we observe a figure presumed to be Frederic Bazille, a fellow artist who was a close friend of Renoir’s and an integral part of the Impressionist circle before his untimely death. The subject is depicted in a contemplative pose, seated at a table and immersed in reading or writing, with his back to the viewer, which adds a sense of privacy and introspection to the scene.

Renoir’s loose brushstrokes and the vibrant, yet subdued palette typify the Impressionistic approach to capturing the play of light and capturing a moment’s fleeting atmosphere. The emphasis on the immediacy of experience and the transitory nature of life and light is palpable in the rendering of the figure and his surroundings. The background and the figure’s clothing blend with warm and earthy tones, while hints of red in the curtain and on the table add depth and dimension to the composition. The artwork conveys a sense of quiet intimacy, memorializing Bazille with a poignant, yet understated elegance that is characteristic of Renoir’s portraits.

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