Friday, March 14, 2008

Painting of Renoir on view

We all know the basic set of paintings, which represent each master of brush and color in books about art. To see other aspects of their work, to see rare paintings you need to travel around the world. One of such a paintings is Young Woman in White Reading painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), ‘Jeune femme en blanc lisant’ (Young Woman in White Reading), 1873. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.

The National Gallery of Ireland has placed on view this recent acquisition. The painting, which is the first Renoir to enter the collection, was purchased at auction, at Sotheby’s Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art in New York (November 2007).

Janet McLean, the National Gallery’s Curator of European Art 1850-1950, says that this recent acquisition is considered a fine example of the artist’s work and will strengthen the Gallery’s collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Painted in 1873, the painting depicts a fashionably dressed woman seated on a sofa absorbed in a book. The sitter is unknown, although it may portray Camille Monet, wife of the artist Claude Monet. Capturing an informal, everyday moment with an immediate accuracy, the painting also anticipates the motif of the intimate interior.

Do you find it attractive?


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