The Umbrellas, 1881-1886
|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.
|Institution||National Gallery, London|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||180.3 x 114.9 cm|