Young Woman in Profile (1897) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Young Woman in Profile - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1897

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Woman in Profile
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Woman in Profile

The artwork “Young Woman in Profile” is a portrait by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, completed in the year 1897. Crafted using oil on canvas, it is a fine example of the Impressionist art movement. Currently belonging to a private collection, this portrait epitomizes Renoir’s fascination with the beauty of the individual and exemplifies his deft touch with color and light.

In the artwork, the young woman is depicted in profile, facing to the right of the viewer. Renoir’s exquisite use of color is apparent in the subtle gradations on the woman’s face and the delicate pink flush on her cheeks, which suggest a gentle, thoughtful demeanor. Her hair is styled in an elegant updo, indicating a fashion of the era. The loose brushstrokes, characteristic of Impressionism, give the portrait a sense of immediacy and life.

The background consists of soft, diffused colors with suggestions of an interior setting. A hint of flora at the right edge offers a touch of natural beauty. The woman’s attire is modest and suggests a kind of timeless grace, with a black scarf or garment that elegantly contrasts with the lighter tones of her blouse. Renoir’s skillful rendering of the light imparts a warm, luminous quality to the sitter’s skin and her surroundings, creating a sense of intimacy and quiet contemplation. The portrait, therefore, stands as a timeless testament to Renoir’s mastery of capturing the human spirit and the fleeting effects of light on form.

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