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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando (Francisca and Angelina Wartenberg)
1879
Art Institute of Chicago
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

FULL-FIGURED
by N.F. Karlins



The Frick Collection has organized another of its remarkable small exhibitions. This one, however, contains remarkably big works. “Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting,” on view through May 13, 2012, features nine full-length figural canvases by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), all of them shimmering with Impressionist light and feathery brushstrokes. The imposing dimensions of the figures is at odds with what we usually think of as the small scale of Impressionist oils.

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