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Pierre Auguste Renoir painted A Girl in 1885, an artwork that is currently at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, in Tokyo. The artist used a long, vertical canvas to portray an image of a beautiful woman holding a small bouquet of red, yellow, and purple flowers. She warmly looks directly at the viewer. Her white gown and light skin contrasts with the dark background. Renoir worked with a simple composition and created two focal points: her eyes and the colorful flowers in her hands.
The 1880s marked the Renoir’s artistic career, taking a drastic change in direction. As one of the founder of the Impressionist movement, the modern artist mostly worked with vibrant color, placing contrasting pigments next to one another with expressive brushstrokes that left most images not well defined. As an opposition to this modern style of painting, Renoir headed towards a more traditional technique, based on the past masters of the Renaissance and Neo-Classical – that founded their movements on the teachings of the ancient Greek.
Renoir traveled to Italy, where he saw frescos by Raphael, and began his journey to study traditional techniques, emphasizing proportion, shape, and mostly form. A Girl is considered to be part of Renoir's “Ingres period” in which he worked with a dark color palette, and gave considerable attention to fabric texture, like Ingres himself. This Neo-Classical artist was able to portray skin as it was velvet, something Renoir admired and tried to reproduce – especially since he portrayed many paintings of women. Although Renoir was bombarded by Classical influences, he was still faithful to his essence of a modern artist.
The girl sits on a red velvet chair, resting her cheek upon it. There is a play on complementary colors as the artist inserts a dark green pillow in the scene. Her white gown is elegant and realistically painted. This particular artwork is very reminiscent to Ingres, as Renoir gave particular attention to the beautiful textures of the overall scene. The Impressionists would mostly reject the use of pure black in their paintings, so the black background of A Girl demonstrates Renoir’s rejection of his own movement during this period. After the 1890s, the painter returns to his Impressionistic way of painting, but now with a whole new knowledge of technique and a new inventory of reference.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Girl, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Girl that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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