Woman at the fountain (c.1910) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman at the fountain - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1910

Artwork Information

TitleWoman at the fountain
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism

About Woman at the fountain

“Woman at the fountain,” a work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, embodies the nuanced qualities of the Impressionism movement. Dated circa 1910, Renoir’s artwork falls within the genre of nude painting (nu). This period of art was known for its candid depictions of modern life and its emphasis on the play of light, which is reflected in the soft brushstrokes and radiant color palette characteristic of this painting.

The artwork presents a voluptuous female figure, unclothed, save for a loosely draped white garment around her hips. She is captured in a moment of intimate repose, as she languidly lifts her hair with both hands, revealing the nape of her neck and the curve of her back. The woman’s gaze is directed downward to her side, conveying a sense of private contemplation.

Renoir’s brushwork is fluid and expressive, imbuing the woman’s form with a sense of vitality and movement, despite her still posture. There is a warmth in the colors that bathes her skin in subtle shades of pinks and ochres. Behind her, a fountain adorned with a classical head spouts water, suggesting the presence of a tranquil, possibly garden-like, setting. The background displays a harmonious blend of amorphous earthy tones that serve to further accentuate the central figure.

In its essence, the artwork captures the fleeting sensuality of the moment, which is a testament to the Impressionist pursuit of rendering the sensory experiences of life. Renoir’s treatment of the subject is both delicate and naturalistic, inviting viewers to appreciate the beauty of the human form and the quietude of the scene portrayed.

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