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A Nymph by a Stream by Pierre Auguste Renoir

    A Nymph by a Stream by Pierre Auguste Renoir

    A Nymph by a Stream by Pierre Auguste Renoir was created in 1869 – 1870. The painting is in National Gallery London. The size of the work is 66,7 x 122,9 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    This is one of the first nudes that Renoir painted. He took a traditional artistic approach, depicting the woman in a natural setting, reclining by a stream as though she were a naiad (water nymph) from the world of Greek mythology. She appears to be lying on a grassy, flower-flecked bank beside the stream, leaning with her elbow in the brook and allowing the water to flow between her fingers, but Renoir’s brushstrokes are so fluid that we can’t be entirely sure where the bank ends and the water begins. (read more in National Gallery London)

    About the Artist: French artist and Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France. Although Renoir displayed a talent for his work, he frequently tired of the subject matter and sought refuge in the galleries of the Louvre. The owner of the factory recognized his apprentice’s talent and communicated this to Renoir’s family. Following this, Renoir started taking lessons to prepare for entry into Ecole des Beaux Arts… read more

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