• In the Garden

    Artist:
    Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. 1841-1919
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    170,5х112,5 сm

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. 1841-1919

In the Garden

France, 1885

The year after he painted Girl with a Fan, Renoir went off to Italy. Acquaintance with the classic works of the Renaissance and especially with Raphael, coupled with admiration for the works of Ingrès forced him to take a fresh look at the question of form in painting and to think about bringing back to it drawing, which the Impressionists had so decisively rejected. In the Garden is one of the most significant works of what is known as the “dry” or “Ingrès period”. It was influenced by the marital bliss that Renoir had found with Aline Charigot, a young seamstress that he met in 1880. Considering himself too old to be depicted himself as the protagonist of the painting, Renoir asked his young friend and fellow artist Henri Laurent to pose for him. At that time the painter was 44 and his bride just 26. The subject that Renoir produced is more than simply a declaration of love. The young man’s steady expectant look as he gazes at the heroine suggests that he is asking for the girl’s hand and heart. She seems to be in no hurry to answer, lost i dreams of what is to come. The cross on her breast is an important element for the entire scene and testifies to the suitor’s serious intentions. The line, which Renoir had reintroduced into his artistic arsenal, made his painting more precise and definite, yet at the same time it remained Impressionistically free, dynamic and alive with sunny dabs of pure bright colour.

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In the Garden

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oil

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170,5х112,5 сm

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Accepted for permanent storage in 2000; transferred from the temporary holdings of the Department of Western European Art

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ГЭ-10621

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