Reading Girl, Auguste Renoir
Auguste Renoir
Reading Girl
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Auguste Renoir

Reading Girl, 1880

57.0 x 47.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 177
Acquired in 1910
Not on display


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

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

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1910

Work Content

Motifs and References


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

Research and Discussion


Object History
Privatsammlung, Paris
Verst. Hotel Drouot, Paris an Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris, 22. März 1898 (Los-Nr. 6)
Verkauf an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1910.


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