Reading Girl, Auguste Renoir
Auguste Renoir
Reading Girl
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Auguste Renoir

Reading Girl, 1880


Dimensions
57.0 x 47.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 177
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910
Status
Not exhibited

Texts

About the Work

The young girl is captivated by the illustrated book she is reading. Blossoming colour surrounds her: a small azalea tree and a straw hat, embellished with flowers and crowning the reader’s head, vie for the onlooker’s attention. Vivid, rapidly applied brushstrokes accentuate her face. The delicately depicted porcelain complexion is at odds with the surroundings: curtain and window are reduced to pure paint matter; the background verges on abstract. In the midst of this setting of vibrant liveliness, the girl acts as a calm anchor and epitome of concentration.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Reading Girl
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: Renoir

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 49N reading
  • 49MM32 book - MM - book open
Secondary

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13.03.2019