Auguste Renoir / Three Bathers / 1897Auguste Renoir
Three Bathers

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Creator Name: Renoir, Pierre Auguste
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1841 - 1919
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Auguste Renoir
Title: Three Bathers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1897
Creation End Date: 1897
Creation Date: 1897
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 54.6cm x 65.7cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "Renoir"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1939.269
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: After viewing Renaissance paintings during a trip to Italy in 1881, Renoir attempted to bring a greater order and stability to Impressionism. He expressed this new ambition in a series of paintings of nude bathers, a subject that preoccupied him from 1883 until his death in 1919. In this painting he combined the loose, shimmering effects of pure Impressionism with the observations of solid forms in space derived from Italian Renaissance art. At the same time, the luminous colors and the long gracefulcurves of the backs, arms, thighs, and hair echo the soft, rounded forms of clouds and waves, suggesting a harmony between the figures and their surroundings.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1939.269
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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