Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) is one of the most well-loved painters in the history of modern art. After exhibiting with the Impressionists in the 1870s and early 1880s, Renoir went on to paint for three more decades, focusing on the bucolic landscapes of the south of France, idealized bathing groups, scenes of his family, and portraiture. His paintings are charming and accessible, yet often boldly experimental, with loose brush strokes and unexpected compositional arrangements. Throughout his career Renoir looked to the past for inspiration and was influenced especially by eighteenth-century French painters and by the artists of the Italian Renaissance. He is known above all for his mastery of color and facility in the handling of paint—qualities that during his own time won him the admiration of his peers, including Henri Matisse, and which continue to astonish us today.
The four paintings reproduced in this notecard set are from the extraordinary collection of The Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, which houses the world’s largest private collection of French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern art, including 181 paintings by Renoir.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
The Promenade (La Promenade), c. 1906
Mademoiselle Jeanne Durand-Ruel, 1876
Young Mother (Jeune mère), 1881
Reading (La Lecture), c. 1890