Two Women in a Rowboat (c.1880 – 1886) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Two Women in a Rowboat - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1880 - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Women in a Rowboat
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1880 - 1886
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Two Women in a Rowboat

The artwork titled “Two Women in a Rowboat” is an exemplar of the Impressionism movement, created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The period within which this piece was created ranges approximately between the years 1880 and 1886. As a sketch and study, it explores the impressionist style that Renoir helped pioneer, characterized by its visible brush strokes, an emphasis on the accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities, and the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience. Venturing away from the traditional representational art, Impressionism sought to capture moments and the sensations of light and color. Renoir’s artwork belongs to a private collection, indicating that it is not currently on public display.

The artwork “Two Women in a Rowboat” portrays an intimate scene in which two females find themselves gently adrift upon the water in a small boat. The water and atmospheric conditions around them are rendered with a medley of vibrant hues and broad, impulsive brushstrokes, creating a dynamic interaction between the figures and their environment. The sketchy and vibrant application of paint suggests a vivid portrayal of the reflections and transient effects of sunlight on the water’s surface. This piece exhibits an ethereal quality, with the forms of the women and the rowboat dissolving into the flickering light and watery reflections, a hallmark of Renoir’s adeptness in capturing the spontaneous flickers of light and shadow. An evocative piece, it resonates with the Impressionist’s fascination with outdoor scenes, leisure activities, and the ephemeral moments of daily life.

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