(b, 1841, Limoges, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer)
La Loge (The Theatre Box)1874
Oil on canvas, 80 x 64 cm
Courtauld Gallery, London
La Loge was Renoir's principal exhibit in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris in 1874. The complexity of its subject matter and its virtuoso technique helped to establish the artist's reputation as one of the leaders of this radical new movement in French art. Renoir's brother Edmond and Nini Lopez, a model from Montmartre known as 'Fish-face', posed for this ambitious composition.