|BACK TO THE ARTIST|
Madame Georges Charpentier (née Marguérite-Louise Lemonnier, 1848–1904) and Her Children, Georgette-Berthe (1872–1945) and Paul-Émile-Charles (1875–1895), 1878
|Artist||Renoir, Pierre-Auguste||This portrait is, in a sense, the result of a wonderfully successful compromise between the requirements of society portraiture and the personal vision of the artist. As a charming revelation of a particular woman and her family – Madame Charpentier was one of the most celebrated Parisian hostesses – of her personality and the quality of her home, this picture is an unqualified success, and was so regarded when it was shown in the Salon of 1879. But it also successful as a Renoir: full of grace and freshness, and arranged with a freedom rather unusual in a picture in which the various elements are not the choice of the artist at liberty in his own studio.
|Institution||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||153.7 x 190.2 cm|