Renoir Landscapes: 1865–1883
Edited by Colin B. Bailey, Christopher Riopelle, John House, Simon Kelly and John Zarobell.
198 illustrations 168 colour, 11½ x 10 inches
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) painted landscapes throughout his long career, but his major innovations came during his Impressionist period.
Inspired by Corot, Courbet, and the Barbizon painters, from the mid-1860s Renoir rapidly defined his distinctive style of quick, silvery brushstrokes, experimenting with color and structure, at times working alongside Monet, Sisley, and Pissarro, but often charting a more independent course.
This book reveals Renoir as one of the most audacious and original landscape artists of his age, a painter who moved decisively beyond his contemporaries towards an unparalleled painterly freedom.
The trailblazing Impressionist canvases of the 1870s are surveyed along with the innovative works of the early 1880s, when Renoir's travels to Algeria and Italy inspired him to new levels of coloristic intensity.
This richly illustrated book demonstrates that Renoir's experiments with form and color were radical in ways that have not been fully acknowledged even today, and explores their influence on the development of modern art.
Important findings on the chronology of his works make Renoir Landscapes: 1865–1883 the most thorough assessment of this aspect of his career.