Auguste Renoir - Blonde Bather 1881

Blonde Bather 1881
Blonde Bather
1881 81x65cm oil/canvas
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute at Williamstown, MA, USA

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Renoir painted this work while traveling in Italy; the model is probably Aline Charigot, who later became his wife. The simplicity of the composition gives the nude a monumental presence that suggests a timeless image of womanhood. Renoir was inspired in this approach by the ancient Roman and Italian Renaissance art he saw on his trip, which he described as representing “eternal beauty.”
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