Woman Reading (1906) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Reading
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions31 x 23 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Woman Reading

The artwork titled “Woman Reading” is a painting created by the eminent artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1906. It is an oil on canvas, measuring 31 x 23 cm, and is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, which Renoir greatly contributed to. The genre of the painting is portraiture, and currently, it resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, one observes a woman engaged in the act of reading. The subject is depicted with an air of quiet concentration, the book held up close, allowing her to be immersed fully in the content. The brushstrokes are characteristically loose and vivid, capturing the play of light and its dynamic influence on colors—a hallmark of Impressionist technique. The woman’s attire is rendered with a blend of soft whites and hints of blue, which harmonize with the warmer tones that envelop her, indicative of Renoir’s adept use of color to denote form and establish atmosphere. The portrait exudes a sense of tranquility and introspection, inviting viewers to reflect on the serene moment that Renoir has skillfully frozen in time.

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