Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Young Woman in a Flowered Hat

Young Woman in a Flowered Hat
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Author: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Painting, Oil on canvas, 41.5x33 cm
Origin: France, 1892

In the 1890s Renoir frequently painted the subject of a young woman in a hat. The artist had been partial to this theme in the past. The fancy ladies' hats of the end of the century further enlivened Renoir's interest. He liked them so much that sometimes he ordered especially unusual hats for his models. This chapeaux fantaisistes turned out to suit Renoir's women. The woman is painted not as a thinker or doer, or a housewife or worker, but as a creation of nature, and its ornament. Therefore, the liveliest colours of nature, luxuriant garden flowers, are quite appropriate here. The woman represented in this picture does not entirely correspond to the usual Renoir type of woman with a soft, oval face and a tiny, round nose. Perhaps this is not a model, but a lady who commissioned the portrait. The fact that the canvas was dated suggests as much, since as a rule pictures of models were not dated.

Style: Impressionism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries
Transferred from Germany after World War II

See also

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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