Among the foremost Impressionist artists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was nonetheless inspired by classical traditions and returned again and again to the canonical subject of the nude. Tracing the entire arc of Renoir's career, this volume examines the different approaches the artist employed in his various depictions of the subject—from his works that respond to his peers to his late, and still controversial, depictions of bathers that inspired the next generation of artists. Offering the first-ever comprehensive investigation of Renoir's nudes, this beautifully illustrated study focuses on 50 works, including paintings, pastels, drawings, and sculptures.
Author: Ester Bell & George T.M. Shackelford, ed.