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

The Umbrellas (Les Parapluies)

c. 1883
Oil on canvas, 180 x 115 cm
National Gallery, London

This major painting by Renoir bears the sign of years of work and rework. Changing fashions have even been identified in the clothes the people are wearing, and the changeover from a relaxed technique to a tauter modeling is self-evident. Renoir's eye for female beauty, cute children and tender gazes is at work here, and the motifs are additively ranged in the Impressionist manner. Chance movements and the overlapping of figures combine with the statuesque, ancient air of the milliner with the hatbox and with the abstract three-dimensional pattern of the umbrellas that give the canvas its title.

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