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

Girl with a Hoop

Oil on canvas, 126 x 77 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

This painting is the result of a commission to paint a nine-year-old girl named Marie Goujon. It is an example of Renoir's new style which he developed after his trip to Italy in 1881. Renoir called this style "aigre," or "sour." The word conveys a sense of the hardness and tightness of his new style.

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