Pierre Auguste Renoir painted the landscape La Grenouillere in the summer of 1869 and is a portrayal of a popular boating and bathing spot near Bougival to the west of Paris. This waterside bar was a favorite haunt of the emerging group that would become known as the Impressionists. In fact, Claude Oscar Monet would often paint with Renoir and also depicted the same subject in La Grenouillere. By observing both paintings, it is possible to see how Renoir’s interpretation is unique.
As an Impressionist, Renoir and his colleges preferred to work en plein air, meaning they painted outside to capture the optical effects the sunlight had on the landscape and figures. The artist was also significantly influenced by the Japanese art, as many woodcut prints were arriving in Europe. This was a perfect motif for modern painters to leave the rules of the Classic Greek art and embrace influences from different cultures. The Japanese prints came in vibrant colors, with unusual compositions, as well as subject of the daily life. The simplicity and respect for nature of this exotic culture inspired Impressionists to work outside and portray the beauty they saw, in a modern way.
In La Grenouillere, Renoir depicts a typical scene of the spot – many people enjoying a sunny summer afternoon. The forefront of the canvas is loosely painted to show the water of the river. With tonalities of blue, black, green, and yellow, the artist beautifully eludes to the gentle waves of the still waters. On the left, some empty boats are on the shore, in colors of orange and green. A deck in painted almost on the half of the canvas, with many people in fashionable clothing stand on it as they talk. To the right, a round platform appears attached to the deck, where more well-dressed people stand and look out into the water.
The on the left side of the canvas, in the background, some colorful houses made of wood stand behind dark green trees. The vegetation gets thicker as it gets father away. The sky can be seen in the right corner, and it shines a yellow light as if it were late afternoon. This painting is a harmonious portrayal of the Parisian lifestyle – a reoccurring subject in Renoir’s artistic career.
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