Sweeper (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Sweeper - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1889

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions65.5 x 47 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sweeper

The artwork titled “Sweeper” is an oil on canvas painting created by the renowned Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1889. Measuring 65.5 by 47 centimeters, this genre painting is part of a private collection. The genre of the painting suggests a focus on scenes of everyday life. With its buoyant brushwork and sensitivity to light, “Sweeper” embodies the characteristics of the Impressionist movement, a pivotal period in art that emphasized capturing the momentary effects of light and color.

In this artwork, Renoir depicts a young woman engaged in the humble act of sweeping. She is positioned slightly off-center in the composition, filling the majority of the canvas. The figure is rendered with a gentle touch, her form softened by Renoir’s deft hand, which allows the contours of the subject to subtly merge with the warm, undefined background. Her attire is modest and suggests a work setting; she wears a long dress with an apron, and her blouse’s sleeves are rolled up, indicative of her involvement in domestic labor. The facial expression of the woman is serene, and her downward gaze implies a moment of introspection or concentration on her task.

The elements of the scene, including the broom she holds and the kettle near her feet, are portrayed with a sense of immediacy, a hallmark of the Impressionist style. The loose and fluid brushwork creates a vibrant surface texture, lending the artwork an effervescent quality. Despite the mundane nature of the subject matter, Renoir’s treatment elevates the act of sweeping to a dignified, contemplative moment, thereby showcasing his mastery of genre painting within the Impressionist canon.

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