Pierre Auguste Renoir painted The Seine, also known as The Skiff in 1875. During the 1870s, the artist portrayed a number of en plein air paintings of the French river – meaning he worked on location. This artwork is an exquisite representation of the Impressionist’s domain of his color palette and composition skills. The Seine river was a subject portrayed by many modern artists, such as Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Signac, among others. Vincent Van Gogh completed a whole series of paintings representing the landscape of Asnieres, in 1886, including the artwork entitled Bridges Across The Seine At Asnieres.
The Impressionist was inspired by the Japanese art that arrived Europe at the time. Renoir and his colleagues collected beautiful woodcut prints done in the technique called Ukiyo-e, which resulted in vibrant colors and dark, defined contours. These prints depicted themes of the daily life, as well as nature – an opposition to the biblical and mythological stories subjects influenced by the Classic Academies. This particular subject depicted in The Skiff, was common in many Japanese prints, as they would also portray women in boats in various woodcuts. Renoir worked en plein air, meaning he painted on location, a common practice for Impressionists who wished to observe the natural lighting on the landscape.
The Impressionistic painting entitled The Skiff represents a daily scene in vibrant colors. In the forefront, a green bush pops out of the water on the left corner. Passing behind it, Renoir positioned a bright orange long boat positioned horizontally, that reaches both sides of the canvas. Two well-dressed women take a stroll in the boat, sitting facing one another. The woman on the left is wearing a blue dress, while the one on the right, a pink dress, and both have hats on – as it was customary at the time.
The dark blue water is represented in small strokes of paint and reflects the colors of the other figures – the women, the boat, and shore. On the background, other colorful sailboats are positioned closer to the coast, in colors of red and green. The top right corner depicts a part of a bridge, while the on the other side, on the far background, a house is carefully painted in shades of light blue and surrounded by trees.
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