The Grands Boulevards by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created in 1875. The painting is in Philadelphia Museum of Art. The size of the work is 52,1 x 63,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
Perhaps Renoir’s most famous view of Paris is this archetypical image of its newest and most fashionable district in the 1870s. The Grands Boulevards is full of the pigment daubs and bright colors that are characteristic of Impressionism. The modern life in the city is transmitted through visible strokes of paint, which operate as immediate sensory cues that allow the viewer to perceive this world as though it is passing by. This is the magic of Renoir’s Paris. The world of the painting is truly historical–the modern city emerging–even though his translation of this place is a subjective and fleeting impression… (read more in Philadelphia Museum of Art)
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