The Umbrellas

The Umbrellas (about 1881-1886), the artist of the painting is Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French Impressionist painter. According to Renoir, he began the painting in 1881, painting the figures on the right, but then put it aside and finished it about five years later. During those years, Renoir rethought his whole approach to painting and rejected Impressionism.

Fun Fact: The painting looks like the work of two different artists, because the figures on the right are painted in a loose, Impressionist style with feathery brushwork, blurred contours and intense blues while the rest of the picture is more linear and more sombre in coloring. Read More…

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