Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919), French Impressionist Artist
I’m spoilt for choice, but on reflection I think La Loge (1874) is my favourite painting by Renoir.
The ‘loge’ is a box at the theatre nearest the stage. This painting is my favourite Renoir because of its fine detail within an Impressionist painting. I love the precise depiction of the lady’s face and jewellery, the soft fabric of her dress, its flimsy lace bodice and cuffs and the splashes of red against the black and white. She is the focus of the painting with the gentleman behind her in the background, but my eyes are also drawn to him with the light glinting on his opera glasses.
This is a painting that draws our attention to where the people are looking – the gentleman is looking up at other people and the lady has put down her opera glasses and is maybe showing herself to the audience. There is an ambiguity about this painting, which always has me wondering just what is going on.
There is a detailed description of this painting on The Courtauld Gallery’s website, where the painting is held. I was disappointed it wasn’t on display when I visited a couple of years ago.
An ABC Wednesday post.