From: Seattle Art Museum Limited Edition: 2 Exhibition: Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past Material: Printed 2-ply vinyl Dimensions: 28" x 96" (71 cm x 243 cm)
Hanging Hardware Included
After traveling in Italy and encountering classical works of art, Pierre-Auguste Renoir developed an interest in exploring the human form. This led him to create a number of paintings of nudes in the 1880s and 1890s. Placed in natural settings, the works are studies of both contemporary beauty and classical poses. A Bather is the subject of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's nude which is available on just 2 banners from the Seattle Art Museum.
In 1881, French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919) traveled to Italy, a common Grand Tour destination for artists seeking to broaden their artistic world view. He became enamored of the beautiful classical nudes he saw depicted in the artworks there, and wanted to translate this into his own work. He did so with a series of nudes that draw inspiration from the classics while at the same time appearing as contemporary works in his own personal style.
One such work from the mid-1880s features a nude bather seated in a landscape rich with warm golden and cool green tones. She lifts her arms over her head to gather her hair, and in that gesture she strikes a momentary pose that is captured by Renoir. It is at once the stolid pose of a Roman marble statue and the warm, fleshy, slightly awkward pose of a young woman at her toilette. Renoir is known for his slightly blurry, ethereal paintings of rounded female figures, and this is an excellent example of his work. A detail of the image is featured on this banner, covering the entire front side. The other side of the banner is yellow with the exhibition tiltle in black letters, “Inspiring Impressionism”.
These banners were displayed in front of the Seattle Art Museum from June 19–September 21, 2008 to promote the exhibition Inspiring Impressionism. The exhibition was also seen at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum.