RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste
(b, 1841, Limoges, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer)

Lady in Black

Oil on canvas, 66 x 56 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Character, emotion, individuality - Renoir has left all those aims of portraiture aside in pursuit of a harmony of black, white, and blue that is reminiscent of Manet's finest works. The subject of this painting may be the same model, Anna, whom the artist painted nude in the celebrated work from the same year that is now in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.