Renoir Zwischen Bohème und Bourgeoisie: Die frühen Jahre

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Texts by: David Pullins, Sylvie Patry, Augustin de Butler, Michael F. Zimmermann, Dr. Nina Zimmer, Peter Kropmanns, Stefanie Manthey, Marc Le Coeur Edited by: Kunstmuseum Basel, Dr. Nina Zimmer Graphic Design: Büro 146, Zürich German 2012, 302 Pages, 139 Ills. Hardcover 288mm x 217mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3240-6
| The rediscovery of the great Impressionist’s early oeuvre

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) is so closely associated with Impressionist painting that the surprising diversity of his early work is frequently forgotten. His most important model during these early years was the artist’s mistress, Lise Tréhot, with whom he had a relationship between 1865 and 1872. After posing for a large group of prominent early works, including Woman in a Garden and En été (both 1868), Lise turned her back on the Bohemian lifestyle in favor of a bourgeois marriage. The paintings created between 1864 and the end of the following decade show the broad spectrum of Renoir’s art and the development of his artistic vocabulary, including the Impressionist phase. This is the first extensive examination of the painter’s early oeuvre and the strong influence of his close friendships with other artists, such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3241-3)


Exhibition schedule: Kunstmuseum Basel, April 1–August 12, 2012