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Barbara Ehrlich White, a renowned Renoir scholar, has devoted more than 20 years to seaching out unpublished letters and documents that reveal his life as an artist and as a man. She brilliantly contrasts the story of his personal batttling 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. But she also contrasts the underlying traditionalism of his training with his audacious breakthrough in style, subject, and technique. His family life, with his wife and three sons and visiting artists, the tragedies of the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, as well as professional rejection -- all these are made part of the reader's own response to this master, who let no grief and no triumph keep him from his easel.
Scores of pictures seldom reproduced have been newly photographed in full color for his book. Intimate photographs of Renoir's family and the homes he lived and worked in bring his milieu into firsthand focus. Never before have we been so close to the contradictory aspects of this genius.
Certainly, this uniquely documented tribute to Renoir -- with its lavish illustrations, including three sumptuous foldouts -- will be the essential Renoir for everyone who has seen and loved Venice and Paris and the Siene and flowers and women and children -- all the subjects of Renoir's art.
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)
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)
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)
Stunning reproductions and extraordinary scholarship that correlates beautifully the life and letters of Impressionism's most widely appreciated master.(Malcolm Forbes,FORBES MAGAZINE)