Self-Portrait (1899) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Self-Portrait - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1899

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationClark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, US

About Self-Portrait

The artwork titled “Self-Portrait” was created by the esteemed artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1899. As an oil painting on canvas, it exemplifies the Impressionist movement’s unique style characterized by the depiction of light and the artist’s immediate experience. This self-portrait belongs to the genre of self-portraiture, showcasing the artist’s introspective representation of himself. This noteworthy piece is currently housed at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, US, where it remains accessible to the public for viewing and appreciation.

The artwork presents a close-up view of Renoir, with the artist portrayed almost filling the canvas. He wears a brimmed hat which casts a shadow over his forehead, subtly revealing the eyes that gaze directly at the viewer, creating an engaging and somewhat introspective expression. Renoir’s mature face is rendered with a soft beard and mustache, and the flesh tones are depicted with the warm, vibrant strokes characteristic of Impressionist painting. The background is rendered in loose, undefined brushstrokes, providing a harmonious contrast to the more detailed treatment of the face and clothing.

Renoir’s attire, consisting of a dark jacket and a crisply tied scarf around his neck, is completed with nuanced color shifts and evident brushwork that convey the texture of the fabric. The painting’s color palette is dominated by earthy tones, with hints of blue in the scarf adding a touch of coolness to the otherwise warm composition. The overall effect captures the essence of the artist: confident in his craft yet contemplative, conveying the unmistakable mark of Renoir’s style within the larger context of the Impressionist movement.

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