Auguste Renoir - Sunset at sea 1879

Sunset at sea 1879
Sunset at sea
1879 45x61cm 50x61cm oil/canvas
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

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From The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown:
Renoir would have called this work an impression, a finished painting of a dramatic atmospheric effect rather than a sketch of a specific site. The sea is heavily worked with layers of color, the sky is painted in broad, rapid brushstrokes. The elevated viewpoint looks out across the water, where a small boat suggests a sense of scale and an indication of human presence.
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