Seated Young Woman (1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Seated Young Woman - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Young Woman
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Seated Young Woman

The artwork titled “Seated Young Woman” was painted by the distinguished Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the year 1890. This oil on canvas creation is a fine example of the Impressionist movement, typified by its loose brushwork and vibrant play of light. Renoir, renowned for his depictions of sensuous vitality, presents this piece as a sketch and study, a genre that allows the viewer insight into the artist’s process. Although the current whereabouts of this particular piece remain within a private collection, its artistic value and historical importance transcend its physical location.

In “Seated Young Woman,” Renoir captures the ephemeral beauty of a youthful subject in a relaxed, informal pose. The brushstrokes are soft and fluent, communicating the tender quality of the subject’s skin and the texture of her garments. Her attire is rendered with a warm palette, with delicate hues of white and yellow, contrasted by the darker tones of her ribbon-adorned hair. Her expression is reflective, with a gentle gaze that suggests introspection. The background, composed of loosely defined forms and colors, serves to draw the viewer’s attention to the figure, highlighting her as the central focus of the composition. Renoir’s skill in portraying the play of light upon surfaces is palpable, further demonstrating the qualities that define the Impressionist approach to art.

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