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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), a prominent figure in the Impressionist movement, continues to shine brightly in the annals of art history, captivating audiences with his enduring appeal. His art exudes a sun-drenched charm and sensuality, showcasing the epitome of lighthearted and radiant painting, while also pushing the boundaries of plein air techniques and color experimentation during his era.

Renoir's artistic output was astonishingly prolific, spanning thousands of works throughout his lifetime. Drawing inspiration from predecessors like Courbet, Degas, Manet, and Delacroix, he collaborated with contemporaries such as Monet to forge new paths in color usage and brushwork, skillfully employing diverse hues to convey texture and depth. His preferred subjects encompassed intimate and tender human scenes, featuring lovers, mothers, and numerous depictions of the female nude.

As Renoir's career evolved, he delved into different styles and techniques, moving beyond the delicate touch of Impressionism to explore a more robust and classically inspired corporeality, often referred to as his "Ingres period." Later, he embarked on creating monumental works like The Bathers. From Renoir's vast and varied body of work, this essential introduction selects key pieces that exemplify his innovations in painting, showcasing his pursuit of beauty, harmony, and a profound appreciation for the female form.

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Published in 2023
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.5 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.3 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
    • SKU010002451 | 9783836531092

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    Renoir-Pierre-Auguste Self Portrait

    About the Artist

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919) was a prominent French artist known for his exceptional contributions to Impressionism. Alongside fellow Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, Renoir played a pivotal role in challenging the traditional art conventions of his time. Despite facing initial criticism, his works gained recognition and acclaim as the Impressionist movement flourished.

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the Chrysler Museum

    About the Author

    Peter H. Feist

    Peter H. Feist (1928–2015) studied art history, history, and archaeology in Halle, where he was assistant lecturer from 1952 to 1958, receiving his doctorate in 1958. From 1958 to 1981 he worked at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and from 1982 to 1990 he was the director of the Institute for Aesthetics and Art Studies of the GDR Academy of Sciences in East Berlin. Feist has published numerous books on the history and theory of art, including TASCHEN’s Pierre-Auguste Renoir and, as coauthor, Impressionism.


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