Peasant Girl with Dog

Peasant Girl with Dog

c. 1894

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

(French, 1841-1919)

Red chalk

Support: Ivory modern laid paper, discolored

Sheet: 31 x 24.1 cm (12 3/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1949.551

Location

Fun Fact

The art historian John Rewald supposedly called this work "one of the two or three most beautiful Renoir drawings in America."

Description

During the last decades of his career, Renoir worked prolifically in red chalk, which was used to develop a loose and sketchy style. In this drawing, the artist attempted to recapture the spontaneity that characterized Impressionist art a few decades earlier. By showing a young girl seated resting peacefully alongside a bale of hay, he idealized rural French life.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Red chalk

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