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Renoir's Women

Renoir's Women

by Ann Dumas, John Collins

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Accompanying an eponymous exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art, this catalog (published in association with the CMA) includes more than 30 portraits of women by renowned painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and a brief essay each by independent art historian Dumas and Renoir specialist Collins, who together curated the show. They argue that Renoir painted female archetypes rather than individuals-streetwise French gamines, monumental female nudes, young mothers, and erotic odalisques. Yet, like conservative Frenchmen of his time, they note, he expected women to be practical and domestic. Renoir's work alienates many contemporary viewers; his depiction of opalescent flesh can look somewhat bovine to modern eyes. And though the curators are clearly aware of the last 30 years of feminist art scholarship, their essays neither explore the cultural values of 19th-century France that produced such images of women in the first place nor offer new interpretative strategies for feminist viewers. Consequently, this book is not recommended for specialized fine arts or academic collections. Because the text is attractively bound and includes high-quality reproductions, however, it does represent a good value for public libraries.-Katherine C. Adams, Bowdoin Coll. Lib., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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