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Girl With A Watering Can

Pierre Auguste Renoir's 1876 painting Girl With A Watering Can was concluded in Claude Monet's garden at Argenteuil, a picturesque town on the Seine river that became a hothouse for Impressionist talent. Monet was frequently visited by Renoir, Édouard Manet, and Alfred Sisley and there the artists forged their characteristic observation of the effects of light and movement, the reflection of sunlight on water, and the play of sunlight on tactile textures and fabrics.

The reproduction of a young girl's likeness is that of Mademoiselle Leclere, thought to be the child of one of Renoir's clients. The brilliant effect of luminosity heralded by the offsetting of her stark blue dress against the aquatic greens of the garden gives a fresh, serene feel to this representational canvas. Renoir's painting also reflects the artist's love of playing with the deep saturation of primary colors, denying the eye of the viewer an opportunity to settle upon a single hue or shade.

In the oil painting Girl With A Watering Can, Renoir places the main figure in the middle of the long, vertical canvas. She wears a dark blue dress with white ornaments, as well as matching blue boots. The red lace on her head contrasts against her light blond hair. Her expression is gentle, as she faces to the right looking away from the viewer, with blushing pink cheeks.

The first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 – that was always staged independently to allow complete freedom of representation – brought Renoir and his circle more infamy that renown and an optimistic auction of his works the following year was a crushing disaster. Renoir, who began as a porcelain painter and was the son of a tailor, always had to the keep in mind the economic sustainability of his work and lifestyle. Thus, the following year, in 1876 he began to paint more commercially-driven, almost epiphanic scenes imbued with a romantic optimism.

These figurative canvases that would continue through the artist's career display an integration of the Impressionist style and palette with the delicacy and elegance of brushstrokes expected from a painter with a view to selling. Renoir's Girl With A Watering Can, although more reserved than his work displayed in the 1874 Impressionist exhibition, is an essential stage in the development of an idiosyncratic style that would give life to Dance At The Moulin De La Galette.

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Girl With A Watering Can Pierre Auguste Renoir

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