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Why Should Renoir Be Reconsidered As An Art Master?

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Why Should Renoir Be Reconsidered As An Art Master?

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is considered to be one of the masters of the impressionist style. We all love impressionists and usually when we think of their works we see images like this:

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1916, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

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 Michelin tires instead:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-1919, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Bathers, 1918-1919, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

or a piece of human flesh put on a salad of seaweed:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude On The Grass , 1915, private collection

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude On The Grass , 1915, private collection

or a woman with a lizard face, thigh-size neck and a hat in a form of a flying saucer:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lydia Sieligmann, 1917, private collection

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lydia Sieligmann, 1917, private collection

or a boy with the hands bigger than his head. Did they swell because he’d played Angry Birds on his iPhone for too long? What about his enormous arms? Were they stung by a swarm of bees?

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir Reading, 1908, private collection

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir Reading, 1908, private collection

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.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Woman in a Blue Blouse, c. 1906, private collection

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Woman in a Blue Blouse, c. 1906, private collection

In the United States there is a movement that requests the removal of all of the literally awful Renoir paintings hanging in the National Gallery in Washington DC. 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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