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Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age
     

Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of an Age

by Colin B. Bailey, Anne Distel (With), Linda Nochlin (With), Anne Distel, Linda Nochlin
 
Of all the Impressionists, only Pierre-Auguste Renoir earned distinction as a professional portrait painter. For more than fifty years Renoir explored the genre of portraiture, experimenting and pressing forward in his determination to become -- as he explained to Monet in January 1884 - "a painter of figures." This sumptuously illustrated book is the first devoted

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Of all the Impressionists, only Pierre-Auguste Renoir earned distinction as a professional portrait painter. For more than fifty years Renoir explored the genre of portraiture, experimenting and pressing forward in his determination to become -- as he explained to Monet in January 1884 - "a painter of figures." This sumptuously illustrated book is the first devoted exclusively to Renoir's portraiture, bringing together the finest examplesof the portraits he painted during each period of his prolific career. In these delightful paintings Renoir created uniquely endearing and enduring images of pleasure, comfort, and prosperity.

In their introductory essays, the authors illuminate Renoir's career as a portrait painter, define the role of portraiture within the work of his fellow impressionists, and provide a case study of one of the keenest collectors of his middle career. In addition, Colin Bailey catalogues each work, reconstructing the biographies of all the individual portrayed in this volume and offering new information on their families and subsequent careers. His entries draw on unpublished archival sources as well as personal records belonging to the sitters' descendants, including photographs that underscore the high degree of fidelity to appearances that is the hallmark of Renoir's portrait style.

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Colin Bailey's fascination with the life stories of Renoir's Portrait subjects drives this unpretentious study. A traditionalist among his peers, Renoir painted portraits throughout his career in addition to the landscapes and street scenes usually associated with Impressionism. His repeated use of certain models, like Mademoiselle Legrand, created a familiarity and warmth that was new to the medium of portrait painting. With 370 illustrations, 80 of which are in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071337
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/25/1997
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.53(h) x 1.27(d)

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