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Oarsmen at Chatou by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Oarsmen at Chatou by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Oarsmen at Chatou by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created in 1879. The painting is in National Gallery of Art Washington D.C. The size of the work is 81,2 x 100,2 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    Close to us, a woman and two men stand on a grassy riverbank looking out at the expanse of the river that nearly fills this horizontal landscape painting. A fourth person sits in a long, narrow canoe that angles from the riverbank near the lower left corner to our right, and it extends off the right edge of the canvas. The people all have pale, peachy skin. The man closest to us, to our right of the trio, wears a white hat and jacket and dark pants as he gazes across the river with his hands in his jacket pockets. The other man and woman, to our left, look toward us. The woman wears a royal-blue hat pulled low over her eyes. (read more in National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.)

    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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