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Pierre Auguste Renoir portrayed his friend and fellow artist, Claude Monet in the painting entitled The Reader. This intimate oil painting was painted between 1873 and 1874. Both painters were associated with the Impressionism movement and often worked together en plein air – meaning they worked outside to capture the optical effect of natural sunlight – many times painting the same landscape. An example of this is their paintings with the same title; La Grenouillere and La Grenouillere. Renoir was known as the leading artist of the movement, but they formed a mutual exchange of artistic knowledge and technique, although in some occasions both painters decided it was of their best interest to work alone.
Renoir and Monet were both Impressionist artists, and like their colleagues, they were influenced by the cultures of the Orient, especially the by the Japanese art. These modern artists collected Japanese woodcut prints made in the Ukiyo-e technique, and they represented an alternative source of inspiration than the art derivative from the Classic Greeks. These Oriental prints came in beautiful vibrant colors and unusual compositions, as well as portraying typical scenes of the daily life. The Japanese focused many artworks on the subject of nature, and it can be considered an influence on the way the Impressionist worked en plein air, meaning they painted outdoors.
In The Reader, Renoir used a warm and dark color palette, mainly using tonalities of brown and yellow. The artist portrays Monet leaning with both arms on a table while reading. The book is lying open on the table with a page that wasn’t turned all the way, casting a shadow on the right side – as the light source is coming from the upper left corner. Monet holds the pipe in his hands and has a focused expression. Renoir represented the tobacco smoke with small, swift strokes of light gray. His hands are precisely painted, as he positions his pipe between his two fingers and supports it with his thumb.
The table is a beautiful ochre color and has a marked shadow cast by something not seen on the canvas. The model’s jacket is dark, and Renoir was careful enough to paint the folds realistically. The background contrasts the light and dark areas beautifully, possibly created by a gas lantern, which gives the atmosphere a touch of yellow. This painting shows how Renoir was beginning to work in a more Impressionistic manner.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Claude Monet Aka The Reader, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Claude Monet Aka The Reader 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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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,
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