Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919: A Dream of Harmony

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1841-1919: A Dream of Harmony

by Peter H Feist
     
 

La belle vie: Impressionism's most joyful paintings

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.

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La belle vie: Impressionism's most joyful paintings

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" (Mallarmé) and invented a new image of feminity.

About the Series:

Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783822863282
Publisher:
Taschen America, LLC
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Basic Art Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.56(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.32(d)

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