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Denver Art Museum

Renoir "The Wave"

Renoir "The Wave"

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From: Denver Art Museum
Limited Edition: 30
Exhibition: Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past
Material: Printed vinyl
Dimensions: 30" x 89" (76cm x 226cm)

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir pushes well beyond the typical boundaries of Impressionism with his dramatic ocean scene "The Wave" from 1883. Roiling and tumultuous waves emerge from his thick dabs of paint and splotches of color. Pink, green, yellow and red mix with the more expected blues, whites and grays to create a sea that is alive with energy and power. Lovers of the sea who respect both its beauty and power will enjoy hanging one of these 30 banners on their wall. You can almost smell the sea spray.


French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is often considered one of the more conservative painters among his Impressionist colleagues. Many of his portraits, group scenes, and nudes are beautiful but not particularly innovative. However, the artist had many contradictions, and perhaps the greatest is seen in his landscapes. Renoir’s landscapes were surprisingly progressive using choppy brushstrokes, thick swaths of color, and an almost abstract approach to his subjects.

This banner features Renoir’s painting The Wave from 1883. The Wave is certainly at the pinnacle of Renoir’s most innovative work. The vibrant scene of the sea filled with crashing and foaming waves is painted in a palette spanning from traditional whites and blues to bold greens and reds. The painting captures the power and energy of the sea successfully and succinctly, seeming to use only the necessary touches of paint to convey its message.

On the banner is a detail of Renoir’s magnificent wave dramatically enlarged to cover almost the entire surface. Below the image a sage green band includes yellow and white text with the exhibition name and dates, “Inspiring Impressionism/Feb. 23 – May 25”. Both sides of the banner are identical.


These banners were displayed around Denver, Colorado from February 23 through May 25, 2008 to promote the exhibition Inspiring Impressionism: The Impressionists and the Art of the Past at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition was also seen at the High Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum.

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