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Renoir

Peintre du Bonheur

Gilles Neret

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Taschen
10 January 2020
Pierre-Auguste Renoir's (1841-1919) timelessly charming paintings still reflect our ideals of happiness, love, and beauty. Derived from our large-format volume, the most comprehensive retrospective of his work published to date, this compact edition examines the personal history and motivation behind the legend. Though he began by painting landscapes in the Impressionist style, Renoir found his true affinity in portraits, after which he abandoned the Impressionists altogether. Though often misunderstood, Renoir remains one of history's most well-loved painters--undoubtedly because his works exude such warmth, tenderness, and good spirit.

In an incisive text tracing the artist's career and stylistic evolution, Gilles Neret shows how Renoir reinvented the painted female form, with his everyday goddesses and their plump forms, rounded hips and breasts. Renoir's later phase, marked by his return to the simple pleasure of the female nude in his baigneuses series, was his most innovative and stylistically influential, and would inspire such masters as Matisse and Picasso.

With a complete chronology, bibliography, photos, sketches, and brilliant reproductions, this is the essential work of reference on this enduring master artist.

About the series Bibliotheca Universalis -- Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!
By:   Gilles Neret
Imprint:   Taschen
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 201mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   1.134kg
ISBN:   9783836567640
ISBN 10:   3836567644
Series:   Bibliotheca Universalis
Pages:   488
Publication Date:   10 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gilles Neret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'OEil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dali The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.

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