Woman Reading (c.1906 – 1909) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1906 - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Reading
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1906 - 1909
Dimensions40.97 x 33.02 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Woman Reading

The artwork “Woman Reading” is a portrait created by the distinguished French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir approximately between 1906 and 1909. Embodied within this piece is the impressionist movement, characterized by Renoir’s masterful brushwork and luminous color palette. The artwork measures 40.97 cm by 33.02 cm and is currently part of a private collection. This intimate portrayal captures a moment of quiet reflection as the subject immerses herself in the act of reading.

In the artwork, the subject is a woman who is deeply engaged with the book she holds in her hands. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, typical of Renoir’s style, providing a sense of movement and fluidity. The woman’s attire is rendered with warm hues, and the brushwork suggests the soft folds of her garment. The background is a whirl of abstracted forms and colors that frame the woman and bring attention to her act of reading. The subdued palette and gentle application of paint create an atmosphere of tranquility and thoughtful introspection. Renoir’s focus on the everyday subject matter—a hallmark of impressionism—is evident in this delicate depiction of a simple yet personal moment.

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