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Girl with a Fan by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Girl with a Fan by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Girl with a Fan by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created in 1881. The painting is in Hermitage Museum St Petersburg. The size of the work is 65 x 50 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    The democratic nature common to the Impressionists in the choice of their subject-matter also showed itself in Renoir’s choice of models for his portraits. The artist has often portrayed girls from the outskirts of Paris, as he felt captivated by their natural femininity. In this portrait, his sitter’s beauty lies not in her regular facial features, but in the charm of her youth, lively colours of her face and the brilliance of her eyes. Her image exudes charm, which is what the master celebrated in the female characters he has depicted. The meticulous rendering of the girl’s face enables the viewer to examine the details, while her hands, dress and fan are shown in a more generalised manner. The elaborate treatment of colours produces a light and aerial effect, filling the background of the painting and softening the outlines. (read more in Hermitage Museum)

    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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