Auguste Renoir - Seascape 1879

Seascape 1879
1879 oil/canvas
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

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From Art Institute of Chicago:
This subject, unusual for Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was painted during his stay at the home of Paul Berard in Wargemont, on the Normandy coast. Here Renoir depicted a site untouched by urbanization or modernization. Rather than paint nature as an untamable elemental force, however, the artist delicately brushed his wave in blue-violets that transform the work into a mood picture, whose effect is more decorative than foreboding, more melancholy than stormy. It is nature tamed and poeticized by Renoir’s temperament and characteristic lightness of touch.