Auguste Renoir - Girl with fan 1881

Girl with fan 1881
Girl with fan
1879-1881 65x54cm oil/canvas
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute at Williamstown, MA, USA

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The actress Jeanne Samary may have posed for this painting in her cheerfully decorated dressing room at the Comédie-Française, a theater in Paris. Yet the image, as indicated by its title, was not intended as a portrait. The informal subject freed Renoir to experiment with composition—the figure occupies a compressed space, a vibrant bouquet competing with her features. She holds an uchiwa fan, reflecting a fascination with all things Japanese in late nineteenth-century France.
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