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Pierre Auguste Renoir painted The Great Boulevards in 1875, one year after the first official Impressionist exhibition. Up until 1873, the artist – who was going through a slump in his career – would still send paintings to the Paris Salon in hopes of being excepted and eventually becoming more successful. The Salon rejected most of the Impressionist’s works, and ultimately Renoir joined his fellow modern painters in independent exhibitions.
Just as Claude Oscar Monet’s painting Boulevard Des Capucines, Renoir’s The Great Boulevards portrays the transformation and modernization of Paris during the late XIX century. This radical and industrial work done in the city, called the Haussmann’s renovation, was ordered by Napoleon III and reinvented the concept of social space. The medieval style streets and neighborhoods were torn down to make space for broad avenues, on the account that the overcrowded city was considered unhealthy.
The Japanese art signified a new source of inspiration for modern artists, as they mainly went against the rules of the Classic Greek, imposed by the Classic Academies. These exotic artworks were done in the technique called Ukiyo-e, similar to traditional woodcut print, but with watercolors. With vibrant colors, unusual compositions and themes of nature and the everyday life, Renoir and his Impressionist colleagues were amazed by these works. This group of artists found that they could not capture the effects of sunlight on a landscape while working in their studio, so they decided to work en plein air, or outdoors.
The Great Boulevards is a masterpiece of the Impressionistic fashion. The colors are vibrant, the brushstrokes are vivid, and the composition is daring. Renoir intimately depicted this daily landscape of the modern life in the city in a way that the viewer feels inserted in the scene. Many people walk along the avenue, all well dressed and in the fashion of the time. From left to right, on the forefront, we can observe a man sitting on a bench on the sidewalk with his legs crossed, two gentlemen in top hats talking, and a woman crossing the street with her three children. A bit further in the background, a horse carriage speeds along the road, carrying some people, while a nun waits alongside to cross. The large trees in the forefront are dark green and contrast with the sun-drenched trees of the background mainly painted in yellow.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Great Boulevards, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Great Boulevards 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.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
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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