Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pierre-Auguste Renoir — BY THE SEASHORE. 1883.

The stare, of course, is priceless, and the character could have been played by Elizabeth McGovern, long before she ambled onto the grounds of Downton Abbey.

There are hints of Cézanne and Van Gogh with the sprinkled use of bright color, a great example of the eye of an impressionist and skill of a portrait painter merged into one. I wonder where Renoir observed this wonderful moment, or was it merely one of his working dreams?

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