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Yale University Press
06 August 2019
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -; Individual artists, art monographs; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Human figures depicted in art
A revelatory and wide-ranging exploration of Renoir's extraordinary depictions of the nude and their important artistic legacy Best known as part of the influential vanguard of Impressionist artists that experimented with new painting techniques in the late 19th century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was deeply inspired by classical traditions and returned again and again to the canonical subject of the nude. Tracing the entire arc of Renoir's career, this volume examines the different approaches the artist employed in his various depictions of the subject-from his works that respond to Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cezanne, to his late, and still controversial, depictions of bathers that inspired the next generation of artists. Eminent scholars not only look at the different ways that Renoir used the nude as a means of personal expression but also analyze Renoir's art in terms of a modern feminist critique of the male gaze.

Offering the first-ever comprehensive investigation of Renoir's nudes, this beautifully illustrated study includes approximately 50 works, including paintings, pastels, drawings, and sculptures. The book also features an interview with the contemporary figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage that considers Renoir's continuing influence and the historical significance of the female nude in art.
Contributions by:   Colin B. Bailey, Martha Lucy, Nicole Myers
Edited by:   Esther Bell, George T. M. Shackelford
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 282mm,  Width: 238mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   1.732kg
ISBN:   9780300243314
ISBN 10:   0300243316
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   06 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Esther Bell is Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator of the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. George T. M. Shackelford is deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX.

Reviews for Renoir: The Body, The Senses

[An] intelligent, always lucid catalogue -David Carrier, Hyperallergic [a] gorgeous catalogue -Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker tactility is one of the senses referred to in the show's title, and capably defended in the catalog -Roberta Smith, New York Times

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