This week Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting opened at the Frick. The exhibit, which runs through May 13, 2012, was inspired by Renoir’s painting “La Promenade of 1875–76” (image below) and features nine of his Impressionist paintings.  This exhibit is the first to focus specifically on Renoir’s use of the full-length format and the paintings which became iconic masterpieces of the Impressionist movement.  The show will highlight not only the creative motivation behind Renoir’s dedication to the full-length process but also the more technical aspects of his brushwork and canvases, shedding new light on the his artistic methods.

Works on loan for this exhibit include:

  • La Parisienne (1874) from the National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  • The Umbrellas (c. 1881 and 1885) from The National Gallery, London (first time on view in the United States since 1886)
  • Dance in the City and Dance in the Country (1882–83) from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
  • The Dancer (1874) from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Madame Henriot “en travesti” (1875–76) from the Columbus Museum of Art
  • Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando (1879) from The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dance at Bougival (1882–83) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Created by Colin B. Bailey, the Frick’s Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting will be solely on display at the Frick.

La Promenade, 1875–76, oil on canvas, 67 x 42 5/8 inches, The Frick Collection, New York,
The Umbrellas, c. 1881 and 1885 Oil on canvas 71 x 45 inches


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