Terraces at Cagnes (1905) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Terraces at Cagnes - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1905

Artwork Information

TitleTerraces at Cagnes
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Terraces at Cagnes

The artwork “Terraces at Cagnes” is an oil on canvas painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created in 1905. Renoir was a pivotal figure in the Impressionist movement, which is reflected in the techniques employed in this piece. The genre of this piece is classified as a cityscape, depicting a scene of urban life in a manner that captures the essence of the environment. While the specific whereabouts of this piece are not publicly disclosed, it is known to reside within a private collection.

Delving into the artwork, one immediately notices the characteristic Impressionist style with its loose brushwork and vivid interplay of light and color, conveying the atmosphere of the moment rather than the precise architectural details. The artwork portrays a series of houses built on terraces, with a particular focus on the way sunlight interacts with the structures and the surrounding vegetation. The palette employed consists of a range of warm and cool tones that suggest the time of day and season. In the foreground, a single figure is seated amidst the flora, providing a human element that adds to the scene’s relatability and invites the viewer to pause and appreciate the quietude of the setting. The scene is one of tranquility and beauty, reflecting Renoir’s penchant for capturing everyday life with a sense of intimacy and immediacy.

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