Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters

Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters

by Barbara Ehrlich White
     
 

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During the seventy-eight years of his life, Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted thousands of paintings and made uncounted drawings, watercolors, and sketches. Behind this prodigious output, rivaling even Picasso’s, is a lifetime of struggle and anguish seldom hinted at in the work of this “happy painter.” His efforts to find a new art to match his

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During the seventy-eight years of his life, Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted thousands of paintings and made uncounted drawings, watercolors, and sketches. Behind this prodigious output, rivaling even Picasso’s, is a lifetime of struggle and anguish seldom hinted at in the work of this “happy painter.” His efforts to find a new art to match his vision of the world created by light and warmth are vividly and intimately chronicled here through his letters and those of his friends and patrons. 
 
Barbara Ehrlich White, a renowned Renoir scholar, devoted more than twenty years to searching out unpublished letters and documents that reveal his life as an artist and as a man. First published in 1984, her book was praised for its comprehensive yet intimate history of Renoir's life and work. Now back in print, White's classic book brilliantly contrasts the story of Renoir's personal battle against crippling arthritis––as well as his loss of favor with old patrons dissatisfied when he developed a new style––with the joyous gratification of the senses that flows from his canvases. She captures both the underlying traditionalism of his training and his audacious breakthrough in style, subject, and technique.

 

This uniquely documented tribute to Renoir, with its lavish illustrations, including three gatefolds­­, is the essential Renoir.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Books of the Times, November 28, 1984, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt: “One of the two most impressive art books of the year …. Barbara White’s documentary life of Renoir serves to integrate the joyful oeuvre with the not always so happy times of the artist.”

TIME MAGAZINE
: “A thorough and commendably lucid biography of the great French painter.” 

BOSTON GLOBE
, Art critic Robert Taylor: “RENOIR. . .  is a remarkable task of scholarship accomplished by a Tufts scholar who has sifted through hundreds of letters and basic source materials concerning the artist. But it is also a highly readable account, which ought to change the way we look at Renoir.” 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810996076
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
445,210
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 13.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Grove

Barbara Ehrlich White, a Tufts professor who has already won an Emmy for a television script on the life of Renoir, goes for gold once again with the handsome result of 20 years of research: this sturdy biography and appreciation of the impressionist master.(Lee Grove,BOSTON MAGAZINE)

Lisa Lane

Barbara White, a renowned Renoir scholar, masterfully contrasts his difficulties as an individual with the gentle, colorful works he produced.... The text [is] a delight to read.(Lisa Lane,CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR)

Gabriel P. Weisberg
No one reading this book will have the same perceptions of Renoir as previously. -- Assistant Director of Museum Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities
Kay Longscope

A modern work of art on one of the master painters. Nearly a quarter century of research by Barbara White has resulted in a stunning biography of Renoir.(Kay Longscope,BOSTON GLOBE)

Meyer Schapiro
Her stated aim: to present Renoir's life and art in their relations to each other, is realized in a straightforward readable way with an extraordinary fullness of documentation which includes hundreds of Renoir's letters, many of them unpublished. Through his own words she has brought to clearer view his personality, feelings and throughts under the changing conditions of a lifetime, with its individual and collective crises. . . .I'm sure . . .[this book] will be instructive and stimulating to artists as well as to the general reader. -- University Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
Malcolm Forbes

Stunning reproductions and extraordinary scholarship that correlates beautifully the life and letters of Impressionism's most widely appreciated master.(Malcolm Forbes,FORBES MAGAZINE)

Albert Elsen
There is no scholar better qualified to write this book on Renoir. -- Walter A. Haas Professor of Art History at Stanford University
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
One of the two most impressive art books of the year.... Barbara White's documentary life of Renoir serves to integrate the joyful oeuvre with the not always so happy times of the artist.(Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, THE NEW YORK TIMES)

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Meet the Author

Barbara Ehrlich White was a member of the Tufts University faculty from 1965–2002, where she lectured on art history. In addition to Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters, first published in 1984, White is the author of Abrams’s Impressionists Side By Side and numerous journal articles. In the course of her career, she won numerous grants and awards, and wrote several television scripts on Renoir, one of which won an Emmy.

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