Why Should Renoir Be Reconsidered As An Art Master?

Zuzanna Stańska 6 July 2016 min Read

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is considered to be one of the masters of the impressionist style. We all love [easyazon_link identifier="0754824020" locale="US" tag="dailyartdaily-20"] impressionists[/easyazon_link] and usually when we think of their works we see images like this: [caption id="attachment_218" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo[/caption] You know, calm, colorful and vibrating paintings of water, fields, cities. Subjects that are painted in a broad, rapid style, with the easily recognizable brushstrokes and bright colors. The term 'impressionism' comes from a painting by Claude Monet called Impression, soleil levant ("Impression, Sunrise"), which he exhibited at the Parisian Salon. An art critic saw the exhibition and wrote a review in which he said that all the paintings were just "impressions". We don't expect to see a subliminal advertising of [easyazon_link identifier="B007TEQW66" locale="US" tag="dailyartdaily-20"]Michelin tires[/easyazon_link] instead: [caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-1919, Musée d'Orsay, Paris Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-1919, Musée d'Orsay, Paris[/caption] or a piece of human flesh put on a salad of seaweed: [caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude On The Grass , 1915, private collection Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude On The Grass , 1915, private collection[/caption] or a woman with a lizard face, thigh-size neck and a hat in a form of a flying saucer: [caption id="attachment_220" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lydia Sieligmann, 1917, private collection Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lydia Sieligmann, 1917, private collection[/caption] or a boy with the hands bigger than his head. Did they swell because he'd played [easyazon_link identifier="B00ZF5N46C" locale="US" tag="dailyartdaily-20"] Angry Bird [/easyazon_link]s on his iPhone for too long? What about his enormous arms? Were they stung by a swarm of bees? [caption id="attachment_221" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir Reading, 1908, private collection Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir Reading, 1908, private collection[/caption] This woman is supposed to wear a blue blouse - I bet she owned one but it seems she must have left it in the closet on the day Renoir painted her. Renoir was sometimes really horrible with human faces and body proportions. His people usually look like sacks of potatoes glued with tiny heads.
[caption id="attachment_222" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Pierre Auguste Renoir, Woman in a Blue Blouse, c. 1906, private collection Pierre Auguste Renoir, Woman in a Blue Blouse, c. 1906, private collection[/caption] In the United States there is a movement that requests the removal of all of the literally awful Renoir paintings hanging in the [easyazon_link identifier="0810981483" locale="US" tag="dailyartdaily-20"]National Gallery in Washington DC[/easyazon_link]. In 2015 they have protested in front of couple of US Museums. Now you know why!

See more ugly Renoir paintings:

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Edvard Munch, Love and pain, 1895, oil on canvas. The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway. Bizarre

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