Date created: 1881
Dimensions: 51 x 68 inches
Current ownership: The Phillips Collection, Art Museum
Medium: Oil on canvas
The key features of the painting are:
Complexity: There are many moving parts. Not an easy scene to paint.
Color in the shadows: Renoir, and the Impressionists in general, used color in the shadows rather than blacks and browns.
Painterly brushwork: It looks like a painting. Renoir's brushwork plays well into an energetic, candid scene like this.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
From the 1882 Impressionist Exhibition:
"It is fresh and free without being too bawdy" Paul de Charry, Le Pays, 10 March 1882
"...one of the best things [Renoir] has painted...There are bits of drawing that are completely remarkable, drawing – true drawing – that is a result of the juxtaposition of hues and not of line. It is one of the most beautiful pieces that this insurrectionist art by Independent artists has produced." Armand Silvestre, La Vie Moderne, 11 March 1882
"If he had learned to draw, Renoir would have a very pretty picture..." Albert Wolff, Le Figaro, 2 March 1882
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