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The Umbrellas, 1881-1886

 
 
 
 
 
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Artist Renoir, Pierre-Auguste It a showery spring day in Paris, and all the world is outdoors. Characteristically Renoir, there is joy in the faces, forms, and activities; if anyone is dismayed by the weather he does not appear in this picture.
A silvery grey-lavender is the major color, and within its narrow range it has an extraordinary variety. Against this is played a dull gold quality, with sharper blues and greens and golden browns. And black. Always some touch of black to make the ensemble sing.
Renoir¬†delights in the curves of the umbrellas and develops them throughout the picture: in the drawing of the girls in the foreground, in her bandbox, in the hoop, in the children’s bonnets, in the trees in the background.

 

 
Date

1881-1886

 
Institution National Gallery, London
   
Medium Oil on canvas
 
Dimensions 180.3 x 114.9 cm
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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