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Mother and Child

Mother and Child

1886

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

(French, 1841-1919)

Pastel

Sheet: 79.1 x 63.5 cm (31 1/8 x 25 in.); Framed: 99 x 82.5 x 4.2 cm (39 x 32 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Alexander Ginn 1977.167

Description

In this idealization of motherhood and rural life, Renoir depicts his future wife, Aline Charigot, with their son Pierre. The pastel is a confection of bright colors: warm orange and yellow are contrasted with cool blues and greens, creating a chromatically exuberant image. Renoir took full advantage of pastel’s unique optical properties, in which minute, irregular particles diffusely reflect light, allowing for an unparalleled velvety brilliance that is perfectly suited to portray the youthful bloom of the woman and child.

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Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Pastel

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