Thursday, December 22, 2016

History of Umbrella by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings are some of the most recognizable works of art today. Renoir was part of the Impressionist movement. He painted portraits, landscapes, and scene form everyday life.

It is believed Renoir began painting in 1880, using the loose brushwork and bright pallet typical of the Impressionist movement, before losing interest and putting the work aside.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Umbrellas was not submitted for exhibition straightaway, most likely due to its fusion of styles, which have been deemed as too challenging for the public and was eventually sold to the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel in 1892.

The Umbrellas depicts a bustling street in Paris as people rush to escape a rain shower that seems to be just starting.

The Umbrella
In the painting the principal figure and a young girl look out at the viewer as if they notice they are being watched while other figures appear only concerned about making their way in the rain; one female figure even shown in the act of raising her umbrella.

Durand-Ruel sold the work to Sir Hugh Lane, who died in the sinking of Lusitania in1915, leaving his art collection to the Tate Gallery in London in his will.
History of Umbrella by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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