Suzanne Valadon (c.1885) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Suzanne Valadon - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1885

Artwork Information

TitleSuzanne Valadon
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Suzanne Valadon

The artwork “Suzanne Valadon” was created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir around the year 1885. This oil on canvas portrait exemplifies the Impressionist movement, with its characteristic brushwork and interplay of light. Held in a private collection, the genre of the artwork is a portrait, a testament to the artist’s skill in capturing the human likeness and essence.

In the artwork, the subject, Suzanne Valadon, is depicted with a sense of gentle immediacy that is characteristic of Renoir’s style. Her gaze is directed away from the viewer, seemingly lost in contemplation, which gives the portrait a reflective quality. Valadon is portrayed with a soft, yet distinct, use of light and shadow that sculpts her facial features and neck, while her attire suggests a touch of informal elegance.

The background is muted with vertical brushstrokes that provide a textural contrast to the more smoothly rendered figure. The light source appears to be illuminating the subject from the side, casting subtle shadows and highlights across her face and clothing. Renoir’s masterful use of color and loose, yet controlled brushstrokes convey both the physical presence of Valadon and a sense of her personality. The overall effect is one of intimate observation, capturing a momentary glimpse into the sitter’s inner world.

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