Exhibition Image Gallery - Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883

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A Clearing in the Woods, 1865

© The Detroit Institute of Arts; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). A Clearing in the Woods, 1865. Oil on canvas. 22 /12 x 32 1/2 in. (57.2 x 82.6 cm). Bequest of Ruth Nugent Head, in memory of her mother, Anne E. Kresge, and her husband, Henry W. Nugent Head. 1985.25. © The Detroit Institute of Arts

Traveling February 21, 2007-January 6, 2008 to London, Ottawa and Philadelphia


We all know and love Pierre-Auguste Renoir as a preeminent painter of people, but often overlook his landscapes. This is a mistake for, as Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 illustrates, the artist originally developed his superbly innovative color palette in the freedom of the outdoors. Additionally, it was landscape painting that first allowed Renoir to loosen his brushwork and speed up the tempo of his work. A strong argument is here made that, lacking the landscape experience he enjoyed in the first two decades of his career, we'd all be looking at very different Renoirs in years since.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 was organized jointly by the National Gallery, London, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and contained more than 60 works from public and private collections from the United States, Europe and around the world. A selection of images from the exhibition is hereby provided for your viewing pleasure.


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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La Grenouillère, 1869

© The National Art Museums of Sweden; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). La Grenouillère, 1869. Oil on canvas. 26 1/8 x 32 7/8 in. (66.5 x 81 cm). NM 2425. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. © The National Art Museums of Sweden


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Le Pont Neuf, 1872

© National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Image 2005 Board of Trustees; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Le Pont Neuf, 1872. Oil on canvas. 29 5/8 x 37 in. (75 x 94 cm). Alisa Mellon Bruce Collection. © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Image 2005 Board of Trustees


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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The Harvesters, 1873

© Private collection, Switzerland; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). The Harvesters, 1873. Oil on canvas. 23 5/8 x 23 1/8 in. (60 x 74 cm). © Private collection, Switzerland


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Claude Monet painting in his Garden at Argenteuil, about 1873

© Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Claude Monet painting in his Garden at Argenteuil, about 1873. Oil on canvas. 19 3/4 x 24 in. (46 x 60 cm). Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell. 1957.614. © Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Duck Pond, 1873

© Private collection; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Duck Pond, 1873. Oil on canvas. 20 x 24 1/2 in. (50.8 x 62.2 cm). © Private collection


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Springtime (in Chatou), also known as Spring at Chatou, about 1875

© Private collection; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Springtime (in Chatou), also known as Spring at Chatou, about 1875. Oil in canvas. 23 1/4 x 29 1/8 in. (59 x 74 cm). © Private collection


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Les Grands Boulevards, 1875

© Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Les Grands Boulevards, 1875. Oil on canvas. 20 1/2 x 25 in. (52.1 x 63.5 cm). The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986. 1986-26-29. © Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Le Pont de Chatou, 1875

© Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Le Pont de Chatou, 1875. Oil on canvas. 20 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. (51 x 65.2 cm). © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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The Skiff (La Yole), 1875

© The National Gallery, London; used with ppermission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). The Skiff (La Yole), 1875. Oil on canvas. 36 1/4 x 28 in. (71 x 92 cm). NG6478. © The National Gallery, London


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise (The Rowers' Lunch), 1875

© The Art Institute of Chicago. Photo Robert Hashimoto; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise (The Rowers' Lunch), 1875. Oil on canvas. 21 5/8 x 25 11/16 in. (55 x 66 cm). © The Art Institute of Chicago. Photo Robert Hashimoto


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Garden in the rue Cortot, Montmartre, 1876

© Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Garden in the rue Cortot, Montmartre, 1876. Oil on canvas. 59 3/4 x 38 3/8 in. (151.8 x97.5 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Mrs. Alan M. Scaife. 65.35. © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Landscape at Wargemont, 1879

© The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Landscape at Wargemont, 1879. Oil on canvas. 31 3/4 x 39 5/8 in. (80.6 x 100 cm). Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey. 1957.33. © The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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The Wave, 1879

© The Art Institute of Chicago; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). The Wave, 1879. Oil on canvas. 25 x 39 in. (64.8 x 99.2 cm). Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer Collection. 1922-438. © The Art Institute of Chicago


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Field of Banana Trees Near Algiers, 1881

© RMN, Paris. Photo Hervé Lewandowski; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Field of Banana Trees Near Algiers, 1881. Oil on canvas. 20 1/4 x 25 in. (51.5 x 63.5 cm). RF 1959-1. Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN, Paris. Photo Hervé Lewandowski


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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The Jardin d'Essai, Algiers, 1881

© MGM MIRAGE Corporate Collection (157); used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). The Jardin d'Essai, Algiers, 1881. Oil on canvas. 31 7/8 x 25 5/8 in. (80 x 65 cm). © MGM MIRAGE Corporate Collection (157)


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Algerian Landscape, "The Ravine of the Wild Woman", 1881

Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN, Paris; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Algerian Landscape, "The Ravine of the Wild Woman", 1881. Oil on canvas. 25 1/2 x 31 7/8 in. (65 x 81 cm). RF 1943-62. Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN, Paris


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Venice, the Doge's Palace, 1881

© Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Venice, the Doge's Palace, 1881. Oil on canvas. 21 7/8 x 25 7/8 in. (54.3 x 65.3 cm). © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1881

© The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1881. Oil on canvas. 25 3/4 x 32 in. (65.4 x 81.3 cm). The John R. Van Derlip Fund. 51.19. © The Minneapolis Institute of Arts


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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The Bay of Naples (Morning), 1881

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). The Bay of Naples (Morning), 1881. Oil on canvas. 23 1/2 x 32 in. (59.7 x 81.3 cm). Bequest of Julia W. Emmons, 1956. 56.135.8. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008

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Fog on Guernsey, 1883

© Cincinnati Art Museum; used with permission
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French 1841-1919). Fog on Guernsey, 1883. Oil on canvas. 21 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. (54 x 65 cm). John J. Emery Endownment and the Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial. 2004.46. © Cincinnati Art Museum


About the show:

During the first two decades of his career as a painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) learned a lot about his craft by doing landscape paintings. Perhaps because he was freed from the concern of representing humans (friends or patrons who might, possibly, have been offended), Renoir performed his most audacious experiments in light, color, form (or lack thereof) and brushwork on uncomplaining scenes of woods, gardens, water and land. This freedom of expression and his bold innovation as a colorist out-of-doors inevitably found their ways into the figure paintings for which Renoir is so beloved.

Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 takes a comprehensive look at these landscape experiences through 60-some loans from public and private collections in the US, Europe and around the globe.

Scheduled Venues

National Gallery, London: February 21-May 20, 2007
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa: June 8-September 9, 2007
Philadelphia Museum of Art: October 4, 2007-January 6, 2008