The Agreement (1919) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Agreement - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleThe Agreement
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArt Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, Canada

About The Agreement

The artwork titled “The Agreement” was created by the celebrated artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1919. Rendered in oil on canvas, this piece is reflective of the Impressionist movement, which is renowned for its vibrant use of color and light to capture moments and the visual impression of the transient effects of light. The genre painting is currently housed in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) located in Toronto, Canada.

The artwork depicts two figures, likely women, engaged in what appears to be a private, perhaps intimate, moment. The figure on the left seems to be leaning forward, her face partially obscured, her head adorned with a band of yellow, alluding to a sense of curiosity or concern. The other figure gazes off into the distance, her face framed with flowers, which along with her thoughtful pose, imparts a contemplative or even melancholic air. The background and foreground are filled with lush swirls of color, predominated by warm reds and yellows that evoke a floral setting. The distinct brushstrokes and the blurred lines are characteristic of Renoir’s style and contribute to a sense of movement and spontaneity, hallmarks of the Impressionist movement.

This portrayal by Renoir exemplifies his focus on depicting the beauty and complexity of human interactions and the surroundings in which they take place. Moreover, the choice of a genre scene aligns with his interest in representing glimpses of everyday life. The Agreement stands as a testament to Renoir’s skill in capturing the essence of a moment, frozen in time, yet alive with emotional resonance and luminous in its execution.

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