The Cup of Tea (c.1906 – 1907) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Cup of Tea - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1906 - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleThe Cup of Tea
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1906 - 1907
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Cup of Tea

“The Cup of Tea,” painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir circa 1906 – 1907, is a work of art executed in oil on canvas. As a representation of the Impressionism art movement, this genre painting captures a seemingly casual moment of leisure. The artwork belongs to a private collection and remains an epitome of Renoir’s focus on the harmony of light, color, and fluidity of brushstroke characteristic of Impressionist aesthetics.

The artwork depicts a serene setting of three individuals engaged in the refined activity of tea time. In the foreground, a woman in red, standing and holding what appears to be a cup, dominates the left side of the composition. Her pose is gentle, denoting motion as she interacts with the other figures. To her right, seated at a garden table, is a younger woman in a white dress, whose soft gaze and demure posture suggest an air of relaxed attentiveness. Completing the group, a man in a suit and boater hat sits across from the young woman, contributing to the relaxed atmosphere of the scene with his casual, slouched position. Adding to the charm of this scene is a faithful dog, lying contentedly at the feet of the figures, solidifying the sense of tranquility.

Surrounding the figures, a lush garden filled with an array of flora bathes the scene in natural light and vibrant color, indicative of a lovely day. The background features warmly-hued buildings, possibly indicating a suburban or rural setting. Renoir’s use of loose, expressive brushwork creates a lively interplay of light and shadow, effectively conveying the transient effects of sunlight filtering through the foliage, enhancing the leisurely ambiance of the moment captured in the artwork.

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