Along with Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir developed the Impressionism movement in France of the late 1860's. The Impressionists abandoned somber academic works in favor of vivid colors in short brushstrokes painted hastily en plain air. They quickly lost approval from the French Salon and were forced to exhibit independently, but Renior managed to maintain popularity among the middle-class. His intimate depictions of the elite contained just enough luxury mixed with just enough modesty to remain accessible to the public.
Some critiques have deemed his works a shallow, neither formal explorations of new techniques in color nor any kind of commentary on social luxuries. Renoir was consistently torn between the movement he helped found, and the structure in Renaissance art that he believed led to its perpetuation. Many of his works combine the meticulous lines and composition of European Masters with an exercise in light and color.
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Irène Cahen d'Anvers
Lithograph, 21.25" x 29.75", n.d.
La Closerie des Lilas
Lithographic Poster, 19.75" x 25.75", 1993