The First Outing (1875 – 1876) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The First Outing - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1875 - 1876

Artwork Information

TitleThe First Outing
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Date1875 - 1876
Dimensions49.5 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The First Outing

“The First Outing,” an oil on canvas artwork by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dates from 1875 to 1876 and exemplifies the Impressionist movement with which Renoir was closely associated. The work measures 49.5 by 65 centimeters and is a genre painting, which means it depicts scenes from everyday life. This piece currently resides within a private collection, emphasizing its value and exclusivity outside public institutions.

The artwork captures an intimate slice of social life during the latter half of the 19th century, imbued with the light and character that is emblematic of Impressionism. It depicts figures in what appears to be a public setting, possibly at a theater or a similar venue for entertainment or social gathering. The composition is close-cropped, focusing on the faces and upper bodies of the figures, with a particular emphasis on the individuals in the foreground, who are watching an unseen event. The colors are rich yet softly blended, embodying the transient effects of light and color that are distinctive of Renoir’s style.

One can notice the loose, spirited brushwork that provides texture and vivacity to the scene, a hallmark of Impressionist techniques. The brushstrokes capture the fleeting moments of light and movement, preferring to suggest form and detail rather than delineating them with precision. The individuals in the artwork are portrayed with soft contours and a vibrant interplay of light and shadow, contributing to the overall sense of vitality and immediacy. It is a serene snapshot of a moment, conveying the feeling of being present at a casual yet captivating spectacle. Through this depiction, Renoir not only presents a scene of contemporary life but also invites viewers to engage with the atmospheric qualities and dynamic rhythms of the modern world as experienced in the late 19th century.

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