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Renoir, Impressionism, and Full Length Painting

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'Exceptional reproductions (many full page) of preliminary sketches and studies, stunning details, and period photographs ignite the text of this catalogue... This volume, which accompanies what surely will be remembered as one of the year's most satisfying small shows, makes a major contribution to Renoir scholarship' - Choice

Renoir, Impressionism and Full Length Portraits - The Frick

Throughout his working life, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) produced large-format portraits and subject pictures. From the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s, his vertical, grand-scale canvases were among the artist's most daring and ambitious presentations of contemporary life and fashion. Today they rank among the masterpieces of Impressionism. 

Ten important canvases including his works, Jeanne Samary, The Umbrellas, and Dance at Bougival display the rich variety of this artist's painterly technique and reveal the virtuosity of his brushwork in creating silk, lace, mink, and taffeta for shimmering ball gowns, sumptuous furs, chic Parisian day dresses, and glamorous theatrical costumes. 

Extensively illustrated, this handsome, erudite and enjoyable companion book to the Frick's 2012 exhibition explores these large format paintings by placing these pictures in a wider cultural context.

The book begins with an introductory chapter tracing Renoir's production of large-format paintings from 1863 to 1885. This is followed by nine chapters, each dedicated to a discussion of one of the exhibited paintings with details of the fashions of the day, information on the models and sitters and their motivations together with Renoir's relationship to them. Also included is a well-annotated appendix reproducing in smaller format sixty-six of his other works.

Highly recommended for students and lovers of Renoir's work.

  • Author: Colin B Bailey, Deputy Director, The Frick Collection, New York
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Date published: February 2012
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300181081
  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 25.5 x 2.7 cm
'This is a solid, groundbreaking exhibition that takes us into a byway of Impressionism we knew little about—and makes us want to linger. It's also a show that, despite its modest size, goes a long way to rehabilitate Pierre-Auguste Renoir's reputation. If your view of him is a shallow, facile artist partial to abundantly fleshy nudes painted in vivid pinks and purples—Rubens in the ice-cream parlor—you're in for a surprise. This Renoir is an artist of depth and a probing artistic temperament' - Wall Street Journal

'A catalogue as deft and readable as it is useful and important' - Times Literary Supplement

'[The catalogue], a mix of art history, social history and conservation research, should become a standard source in the field of Impressionist studies' - Burlington Magazine

'Exceptional reproductions (many full page) of preliminary sketches and studies, stunning details, and period photographs ignite the text of this catalogue... This volume, which accompanies what surely will be remembered as one of the year's most satisfying small shows, makes a major contribution to Renoir scholarship' - Choice