Woman`s Head (Jeanne Samary) (1877) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman`s Head (Jeanne Samary) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleWoman`s Head (Jeanne Samary)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Woman`s Head (Jeanne Samary)

The artwork titled “Woman’s Head (Jeanne Samary)” is a creation by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dating back to 1877. This portrait, exemplifying the Impressionist art movement, captures the visage of a woman in a style characteristic of Renoir’s approach to texture, light, and expression. Although it is presently part of a private collection, its influence persists through its representation of the era and its artistic value.

The portrait rendered by Renoir in a tondo format—that is, a circular frame—presents a woman’s head with an engaging direct gaze amidst a swirl of brushstrokes that create an almost ethereal aura around her. Renoir’s use of color and light imparts a softness to the subject’s features, demonstrating Impressionism’s innovative departure from the stark precision of earlier art periods. The delicate interplay of tones and the palpable textures are quintessential marks of Renoir’s hand, employed here to produce not just a likeness, but an intimate portrayal that seems to capture a fleeting moment of the subject’s essence. This piece effectively encapsulates Renoir’s talent for combining form with atmospheric effect, creating an intimate snapshot that remains evocative of the spirit and style of the Impressionist movement.

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