Auguste Renoir - The Dreamer 1879

The Dreamer 1879
The Dreamer
1879 61x51cm oil/canvas
St. Louis Art Museum, MI, USA

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From St. Louis Art Museum:
This richly colorful work is one of many studies of young, unidentified models that Renoir painted at his Montmartre studio in the late 1870s. He uses his characteristically feathery brushwork, particularly in his treatment of the background floral wallpaper. The mild eroticism of the sitter’s gaze—the English painter Walter Richard Sickert later described this as a “saucy” portrait—is enhanced by the way in which she idly places her finger in her mouth.