Serving Girl from Duval’s Restaurant (1874) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Serving Girl from Duval's Restaurant - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1874

Artwork Information

TitleServing Girl from Duval's Restaurant
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Serving Girl from Duval's Restaurant

The artwork titled “Serving Girl from Duval’s Restaurant” was created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1874. This oil on canvas painting exemplifies the Impressionist movement with its characteristic brushstrokes and play of light. Renoir, who was known for his portraiture, depicted a young waitress in this genre piece. Presently, the artwork is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States.

“Serving Girl from Duval’s Restaurant” captures a modest yet engaging subject, a young woman portrayed with a sense of immediacy that is typical of Impressionism. Renoir’s use of color and light conveys the texture and form of the woman’s attire and the ambiance of her environment. The waitress stands slightly off-center, with her hands on her hips, wearing a dark jacket and a white apron that emphasize her working-class status. Her expression seems affable, with a hint of a smile, inviting viewers to ponder her thoughts. The background is rendered in loose, vibrant brushstrokes that create a sense of depth and movement, while the light, likely natural daylight, softly illuminates her face and apron, creating a vivid contrast with the darker tones of her jacket. Renoir’s skillful depiction of social life and individual character is palpable in this piece, placing the viewer in a moment of casual elegance and human warmth.

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