Study of a Statuette by Maillol (c.1907) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Study of a Statuette by Maillol - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1907

Artwork Information

TitleStudy of a Statuette by Maillol
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Study of a Statuette by Maillol

“Study of a Statuette by Maillol” is a work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created around 1907, exemplifying the impressionist style. Renoir, a pivotal figure in the Impressionist movement, employed oil on canvas to craft this piece. This artwork is categorized as a sketch and study, capturing the essence of sculptor Aristide Maillol’s work and reflecting Renoir’s interest in form and light. Currently, the artwork is housed in a private collection, signifying its unique cultural value and historical significance.

The artwork showcases Renoir’s masterful handling of color and texture, which is characteristic of his impressionist technique. Brushstrokes that appear both deliberate and spontaneous reveal the form of what seems to be a seated figure, conveying the tactility of the statuette that inspired the painting. The background and the figure are rendered in a harmonious palette that suggests depth through contrast and a subtle interplay of light and shadow. It encapsulates the impressionistic preoccupation with capturing fleeting visual impressions and the transient effects of light on surfaces.

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