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The Seine at Chatou by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    The Seine at Chatou by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    The Seine at Chatou (La Seine à Chatou) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir was created in 1874. The painting is in Dallas Museum of Art. The size of the work is 50,8 x 63,5 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    “The Seine at Châtou” is among the finest, boldest, and best preserved of Renoir’s landscapes from the first half of the 1870s. Although Renoir is known to have worked in Argenteuil with Monet during the summers of 1873 and 1874, when this work was painted, writers have used the railroad bridge to identify its site as the nearby village of Châtou, where Renoir painted frequently throughout the 1870s and early 1880s. When one compares this work to the most technically and compositionally advanced paintings by Monet, Sisley, or Pissarro from the same years, Renoir’s landscape becomes even bolder. Virtually its entire surface is devoted to “unstable” elements, either water or sky, and as if this visual instability were not enough, Renoir refused the viewer even a strip of path or slip of river bank on which to stand. (read more in Dallas 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

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