Young Girl Reading (c.1891 – 1895) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Young Girl Reading - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1891 - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Girl Reading
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1891 - 1895
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Girl Reading

The artwork titled “Young Girl Reading” is a creation by the celebrated artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dated circa 1891 to 1895. This genre painting is executed in oil on canvas and is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement. Presently, the piece resides in a private collection. Renoir’s work is often noted for its vibrant light and saturated color, which is characteristic of the Impressionist style that sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and color.

“Young Girl Reading” showcases a solitary female figure engrossed in her reading material. The subject is depicted in a three-quarter profile view, allowing the viewer to observe her facial features as she focuses intently on the pages before her. The soft, dappled brushstrokes typical of Renoir’s technique imbue the canvas with a sense of intimacy and immediacy, capturing the quiet moment with a vibrant yet gentle touch. The colors employed are warm and rich, predominantly featuring earthen tones that contrast with the pale hues of the girl’s skin and her light garment. The loose, flowing dress she wears enhances the casual and relaxed atmosphere of the scene, while the composition itself relegates the background to a muted, indistinct softness, concentrating all attention on the young reader and her serene moment of introspection. Renoir’s skillful depiction of texture, from the girl’s delicate skin to the fabric of her clothing and the tactile pages of the book, is rendered with a harmonious blend of detail and impressionistic flair, inviting the viewer to revel in the tranquil beauty of an ordinary moment transformed into art.

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