Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is now universally acclaimed: museums pride themselves on his paintings, crowds flock to his retrospectives.
His work shows art at its most light-hearted, sensual and luminous.
Renoir never wanted anything ugly in his paintings, nor any dramatic action. "I like pictures which make me want to wander through them when it's a landscape," he said, "or pass my hand over breast or back if it's a woman." Renoir's entire oeuvre is dominated by the depiction of women.
Again and again he painted "these faunesses with their pouting lips" (Mallarme) and invented a new image of feminity.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 26/05/2000
- Category: Art & design styles: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism
- ISBN: 9783822863282