Day #34 of the 365 Days
Renoir Part II
Yesterday’s post (here) highlighted Renoir’s Dancing Girl with Tambourine and companion piece Dancing Girl with Castanets, which can be used to talk about warm and cool colors. The dancers can also be used to talk about fashion depicted in certain works of art.
If you did talk about fashion, you could talk about one of Renoir’s “most important” paintings called The Umbrellas. This work was first started in 1881 and then modified by the artist in 1885-1886. The painting shows a crowded street in Paris, with people using large umbrellas in the rain. The lady to the left is a special part of the composition. Renoir changed her attire from a middle class outfit to instead depict more of a working class dress style. He removed the hat that was originally there in 1881. She carries a hat box, but her hat was removed when Renoir modified the painting. She also has no raincoat or umbrella – and she is lifting her dress from the puddles. Renoir used the stand alone side placement and classical details to allow her to glow and stand out in the crowd. You can read more in the collage:
Lastly, here is a sample of Renoir’s other works, just to give a feel for his brushstrokes, use of color, and taste.
Okay – that is it for today’s art post. If you want to read about some of Renoir’s specific pieces that have sold – check out art history news blog here.
I hope your weekend is going well.