Monday, August 22, 2016

"Detail from Renoir's 'Two Sisters'" (oil on linen; 8" x 10")


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The painting is the copy of a detail from "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)" (1881) by the French Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir. The original hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

Renoir worked on the painting on the terrace of the Maison Fournaise, a restaurant located on an island in the Seine in Chatou, the western suburb of Paris. The painting depicts a young woman and her younger sister seated outdoors with a small basket containing balls of wool. Over the railings of the terrace one can see shrubbery and foliage with the River Seine behind it.

A celebration of the beauty of spring and the promise of youth, "Two Sisters" is a technical and compositional tour de force , a virtuoso display of vibrant color and variegated brushwork. I focused on the older sister's (actually an 18-year-old model) beautiful face and her brilliant red hat.

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