Thursday, September 13, 2007

"La Jeune Fille Avec les Pâquerettes" (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"La Jeune Fille Avec les Pâquerettes" (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau".

This is great art. I love this painting but it also makes me uncomfortable because of the combination of her youth ("Jeune Fille" means young girl) and Renoir's celebration of "feminine sensuality". What do you think?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Renoir is my all time favorite Impressionist, to be sure. I'm not sure, though, that the subject here is any more "young" than some of the other subject he did, including a much more openly nude painting of a bather of about the same age. The impression of age has also slanted slightly over time, such that at the time Renoir was painting, girls of 15-16 would most definitely be considerd "adult" and would likely be working, and looking to marry, or would already be married. But Renoir was a master, no matter what, and this piece is no exception. Thanks for posting it.

Otto said...

If you are such a politically correct prude that this picture makes you uncomfortable, please remove then the Balthus immediately following it. Perhaps you shouldn't get involved with paintings of the female nude, an artform which hopefully will survive the era of New Labour and its historically illiterate notion that our morals are necessarily superior to those of any other age or place.

David J. Angelovich said...

Having a blog about naked, big boobs in art - is that really something a 'politically correct prude' would do?

My point is that I like big boobs, and that I prefer looking a them when they belong to a woman instead of to a child.