Self-Portrait with a White Hat (1910) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Self-Portrait with a White Hat - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-Portrait with a White Hat
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Self-Portrait with a White Hat

The artwork titled “Self-Portrait with a White Hat” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1910. As an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, this self-portrait genre painting eloquently captures the artist’s visage as well as the distinct brushwork characteristic of the period. The artwork currently resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, Renoir depicts himself in a three-quarter profile view, wearing a light-colored hat that provides a striking contrast against the darker background palette, which is composed of muted, earthy tones. His face, imbued with warm hues, demonstrates Renoir’s adeptness at conveying texture and complexion through the use of color and light. The hat features a soft but discernible light source that illuminates its form, allowing viewers to perceive its volume and the gentle folds of the fabric.

Renoir’s face is rendered with a particularly gentle touch, reflecting both the aging of the artist and a sense of introspection. The painting captures his white beard and mustache with a degree of realism that is balanced by Impressionism’s signature loose brushstrokes. The thoughtful expression on his face suggests a moment of contemplation or self-reflection. Despite the subdued tonality of the background, Renoir’s masterful use of brushstrokes creates depth and texture, inviting the viewer to focus on the nuanced details of his visage and attire.

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