The Little Reader (Little Girl in Blue) (c.1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Little Reader (Little Girl in Blue) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1890

Artwork Information

TitleThe Little Reader (Little Girl in Blue)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Little Reader (Little Girl in Blue)

“The Little Reader (Little Girl in Blue)” is an oil on canvas portrait painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir circa 1890. As an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, this artwork encapsulates the aesthetical principles characterized by that period, focusing on the portrayal of light and color to capture the moment’s essence. The painting is categorized as a portrait and is currently held in a private collection.

In the artwork, Renoir has depicted a young girl engrossed in reading a book. The viewpoint from above creates an intimate perspective, allowing the viewer to focus on the girl’s absorption in her book. Her attire, notably the blue dress, is rendered in loose, expressive brushstrokes typical of Impressionist technique, capturing the folds and flow of the fabric with a dynamic sense of movement. The straw hat adorned with a vibrant cluster of flowers adds a pop of color to the composition, underscoring Renoir’s skill in balancing tones and enriching the visual texture. This attention to light, shade, and color highlights the everyday subject in a way that is both candid and enchanting, a characteristic signature of Renoir’s work and the Impressionist genre at large.

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