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Pierre Auguste Renoir began painting The Reader – also known as Young Woman Reading A Book – in 1875 and finished a year later. This artwork was done a bit after the first official Impressionist exhibition, that took place in 1874. Up until then, the painter would send artworks to the Paris Salon in hopes of being called to an exhibit, as this would help propel his artistic career that was going through difficult times. Ultimately, Renoir decided to join his fellow Impressionists in their art show called Salon des Refusés.
During this period, Renoir was inspired by the Asian culture that came to Europe, mainly Japanese woodcut prints. These prints, done in the technique of Ukiyo-e, were aesthetically different than the art Europe was accustomed to seeing in their prestigious museums. These prints brought scenes in nature with vibrant colors and dark contours, in normal scenes of the everyday life and nature as well. The Japanese art served as a great alternative influence since the Impressionists went against the traditional standards imposed by the Classic Academies.
In as Young Woman Reading A Book, Renoir captured the essence of a private and intimate moment in an Impressionistic fashion. With broad and loose brushstrokes, the artist created a beautiful work of art depicting an ordinary subject, considered banal for conservative artists and critics at the time. The Impressionist also plays with complementary color combinations to create harmony in the scene. The composition was executed as a close-up of the model, guiding the viewer’s eyes diagonally across the canvas.
With visible brush strokes, Renoir painted the background in a series of colors, dark blue, light blue, white, and yellow. The painter also used dark blue to depict the woman’s jacket and the book cover. She wears a scarf decorated with orange strokes of paint, and her white shirt collar can also be seen. He hair and face are illuminated, accentuating her blond hair and rosy cheeks. The pages of the book are depicted with long yellow strokes, and her hands are in the shadow cast by it. Renoir was a master of portraying the human figure, and his attention to natural positions can be seen even in portraits like Young Woman Reading A Book – as he gracefully positions the model’s tilted head and hands holding the book.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Reader Aka Young Woman Reading A Book, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Reader Aka Young Woman Reading A Book 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.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
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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