Renoir: The Body, The Senses makes some attempts, vain in my opinion, to present Renoir as a politically progressive artist, even a closet feminist.
Not only did Pierre-Auguste and Jean Renoir share DNA, but also a muse, who was the father’s last model and the son’s future wife.
One of the lies President Trump likes to tell is that his Renoir is real, but it turns out that might not be the case.
The exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum includes paintings by Impressionists, along with period hats and bonnets embellished with silk flowers, ribbons, plumes, and feathers.
Mr. Brainwash + Renoir + the Kardashians + flowery pastel hats + frilly Victorian dresses = “good art,” declares Corey Gamble, boyfriend of Kris Jenner, in the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
In 1915, with the newly innovated film camera, a young Russian-born, French actor named Sacha Guitry captured some of France’s greatest artists and authors.
LONDON — Impressionism is easily one of, if not the most, accessible and universally enjoyed art movements.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is increasingly turning to lending out marquee artworks in their collection for profit, according to the Boston Globe.
Art as we see it now isn’t always as the artist intended. After the paint dries, there’s still chemistry happening on the canvas.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, that painter of young doughy women, now takes his turn as the subject of a French art-house film. The simply-named film Renoir, directed by Gilles Bourdos, earns a solid B+. There’s enough there to make a good evening out of it. But the film, like the painter, is too twee to be a true ace.
Washington, DC is a great museum town. During my dozen or so trips over the years I have yet to see all the Smithsonian institutions so I didn’t feel the need to ventured far from The Mall for my art fix. This time I avoided the Smithsonian all together and headed for one situated in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the city, The Phillips Collection. This jewel box of modern art — and not soo modern — avoids -isms so you ended up encountering the art of 19th C. America to 20th C. France or 17th C. Spain in just a few steps.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an art historian is being asked, “Who is your favorite artist?” or “What is your favorite kind of art?” These questions are always difficult for me to answer honestly in less than few sentences. Perhaps because I am a talker, or because on any given day or even hour, my answer may be different. My frustration heightens with the questioner’s following claim, “Impressionism is my favorite.” Honestly, this statement just pisses me off more than anything else about being an art historian.