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Plate 79; Camille Monet Reading, 1873
Plate 181; The Sisters (On the Terrace), dated 1881
Plate 256; Girls at the Piano, 1892
Plate 280; Bather Drying Her Leg
Plate 89; La Loge, also know as The Theater Box, dated 1874
Plate 124; Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette, dated 1876
Plate 172; By the Seashore, dated 1883
Plate 252; Bather, c. 1895
By Anne Distel

Size: 10 5/8" x 12 3/4", 
Slipcased, 400 pages
300 full-color illustrations
Published 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7892-1057-9
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The definitive monograph on one of the world's best-loved artists, sumptuously illustrated in full color.

"Strings a lavish selection of three hundred illustrations together into an amazing narrative..." --

"This gorgeous monograph might just be the definitive volume on the beloved artist." -- FRANCE magazine

"A lavishly illustrated and well-researched monograph... Refreshingly free of the myth-making tone that characterizes much monographic writing about Renoir. Distel’s book presents a careful, unbiased reconstruction of the complexity and nuance of the artist’s unfolding life and career. Summing up: Recommended." -- Choice

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841—1919) stands out among the great artists for his willingness to paint pictures that are straightforwardly pretty and charming: he chooses familiar and sympathetic human types as his subjects, and depicts them with an appealing immediacy, using an attractively bright and rosy palette. Not all of his four thousand or so paintings are equally good; some fall short on formal grounds, and others, not surprisingly, sink into sentimentality. But Renoir's best works are masterpieces, perhaps the most joyous and effervescent ones in the history of art—his great monuments to leisure, Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette and Luncheon of the Boating Party; his delicate portraits of women and children, like the winsome Girl with a Watering Can; and his many frankly sensual nudes.

In this highly readable monograph, noted art historian Anne Distel offers an illuminating new account of the life of the man who created such singularly sparkling works. The author deftly narrates Renoir’s rise from apprentice porcelain painter to celebrated artist, quoting judiciously from the painter’s own vivid letters and offering keen analyses of his style at each stage of his sixty-year career. And Distel does not consider that career in isolation, but uses the latest discoveries in the documentary evidence—some of them her own—to re-create the artistic and social milieus in which Renoir worked. She traces his relationships with other artists, both his fellow Impressionists and older contemporaries like Corot and Daubigny as well as the younger Bonnard, Matisse, and Picasso; with writers like Zola, Mallarmé, and Mirbeau; and, in particular, with the dealers and patrons who were so important to his career, like Paul Durand-Ruel, Ambroise Vollard, the Bernheim brothers, the Charpentiers, the Berards, Charles Ephrussi, and Dr. Barnes.

Distel's authoritative text is illustrated throughout with some three hundred beautiful color reproductions of the artist’s finest and most representative works, ensuring that this will be the Renoir monograph of reference for years to come.

Anne Distel, a specialist in Impressionist painting, is emeritus curator-at-large of the French patrimony. During her distinguished career in the Musées de France, she organized important exhibitions devoted to Renoir, Seurat, and Caillebotte, among others.

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