Small Nude in Blue (1879) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Small Nude in Blue - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleSmall Nude in Blue
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US

About Small Nude in Blue

The artwork titled “Small Nude in Blue” is an oil painting on canvas by the renowned French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created in 1879. This work exemplifies the Impressionist movement and falls within the genre of nude painting (nu). It is housed in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, located in Buffalo, New York, United States.

The artwork depicts a solitary female figure seated against a verdant backdrop that embodies the plein-air setting often favored by the Impressionists. The gentle brushwork captures the subtle play of light, contributing to the characteristic softness and vibrant atmosphere of Renoir’s oeuvre. The figure’s flesh tones are rendered with a delicate palette, harmonizing with the blues of the drapery that partially envelops her. Through the integration of form and color, Renoir conveys a sense of intimacy and immediacy, inviting viewers to partake in this private, reflective moment. The figure’s contemplative pose and downcast gaze accentuate her vulnerability, while the blurred outlines and fleeting nature of the surrounding landscape echo the transient quality of light and sensation central to Impressionism.

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