The Little Fishergirl (1879) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Little Fishergirl - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1879

Artwork Information

TitleThe Little Fishergirl
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions61.2 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Little Fishergirl

“The Little Fishergirl” is a notable work by the distinguished artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dated to 1879. Executed in oil on canvas, this piece belongs to the Impressionism movement, a genre renowned for its vivid depiction of light and color. The artwork has dimensions of 61.2 by 46 cm and is classified as a portrait. Presently, it resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, a young girl stands centrally, gazing directly towards the viewer. Her long auburn hair hangs loosely, and she dons a dark striped dress that falls just below her knees, matched with a wide-brimmed hat. The presence of a leafy fishing net, held casually in her right hand, suggests not just the title of the work but also its narrative – a leisurely day spent by the water.

The palette utilized is characteristic of Renoir’s style, filled with soft, pastel hues that imbue the scene with a warm, luminous quality. The artist captures the light with dexterity, allowing for the gentle rendering of the subject’s features and attire. Despite the seemingly simple composition, there is a sense of life and movement within the piece, enhanced by the visible brushstrokes and texturized application of paint — trademarks of the Impressionist approach to art.

The informal pose and candid expression of the young girl provide a sense of intimacy and immediacy, a departure from the formal portraiture of the era and a testament to Renoir’s innovative spirit. In capturing the essence of a moment, “The Little Fishergirl” stands as a timeless depiction of youthful innocence and the simplicity of a moment captured in time.

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