Hammer Galleries presents an important exhibition from November 1st, 2010 – January 22, 2011 of the world renowned French Impressionist Master Pierre-Auguste Renoir for the inaugural exhibition at its new location - 475 Park Avenue, New York.
RENOIR, curated by gallery President and Director Howard Shaw, focuses on the second half of Renoir's dynamic sixty year long career, a productive, yet often overlooked period, recently the subject of a major exhibition, Renoir in the 20th Century (Grand Palais, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; 2009-2010).
RENOIR features twenty five oils and pastels, ranging in date from the mid 1880's - 1912. Focusing on key works from the last thirty years of the artist's life, highlights include large oils and pastels of close family members, portraits of young women and classical nudes and bathers. Les Laveuses is a magnificent example of Renoir's favorite theme which dominated his later work, that of female figures depicted in a natural environment. Other works include Claude Renoir dessinant (Coco ecrivant) and Femme au fauteuil vert (Gabrielle), each highlighting the importance of family and domestic life which Renoir grew to greatly cherish in his later years.
As Ann Dumas notes in the exhibition catalogue, “In moving away from Impressionism, Renoir was by no means alone. A number of his fellow artists felt the need to locate themselves within a continuum of European painting, to ‘reinvent’ themselves as ‘old masters’ for their own time.” During the second half of his career, Renoir’s interests turned from capturing the fleeting moments of modern urban life to the pursuit of timeless, classical subjects, specifically the theme of the female nude. These classical themes were inspired by the tradition of Raphael, Titian and Rubens, as well as the French Neoclassical and Rococo painters of the 18th Century.
This is the third time Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the focus of a solo exhibition at Hammer Galleries, the first taking place in 1959 and the second in 1984. RENOIR is accompanied by a sixty four page color catalog with an essay by noted French 19th and early 20th Century Specialist and Curator, Ann Dumas.
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