Seated Bather (1913) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Seated Bather - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Bather
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions81.92 x 65.74 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Seated Bather

The artwork “Seated Bather,” created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1913, is an oil on canvas piece that falls within the Impressionism art movement. It measures 81.92 x 65.74 cm and belongs to the genre of nude painting (nu). Originally part of a private collection, this work exemplifies Renoir’s fascination with the human form, depicted with a characteristic impressionistic touch.

In the artwork, there is a portrayal of a nude woman seated against a draped background. The subject is depicted in a candid, informal pose that captures a moment of intimate repose. Renoir’s use of light and brushwork imbues the painting with a soft, almost tactile quality, wherein the flesh of the figure appears luminous against the muted tones of her surroundings. Her gaze is directed outward, engaging the viewer with an expression that is both reflective and inviting. The brushstrokes are loose and vibrant, characteristic of the Impressionist technique, which seeks to represent the transient effects of light and color. The composition combines a sense of immediacy with a timeless quality, evoking a deep appreciation for the beauty of the human figure and the sensuousness of the painted surface.

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