Pierre Auguste Renoir painted Young Girl Reading in the year of 1886. This was an ongoing subject for Renoir, for in many occasions he portrayed women reading, like in The Reader (Young Woman Reading a Book), Two Girls Reading in a Garden, and Camille Monet Reading.
The painter decided to turn in a different direction in his career during the 1880s, as he began to doubt the Impressionist movement. Renoir studied extensively the works of Renaissance painters like Raphael, which caused an impact on his style. The painter was no longer interested in observing the effects of natural sunlight on a landscape or experimenting with complementary color combinations, but instead, he focused on defining form, volume, and structuring drawing and composition beforehand.
This phase is considered by many historians as Renoir’s “harsh period,” as he was mainly fixated on technique and achieving a more realistic portrayal of figures. Others called this time as the “Ingres period,” for he admired and studied the work of the Neo-Classical artist, hoping to faithfully depict fabric textures, as well as accomplishing an illusion of skin with a velvet touch. Even though during this decade Renoir went in a different direction than the other Impressionists, he always stayed true to his unique modern style of painting.
Although during this time the painter appeared to castoff the Impressionist style he had popularized, Young Girl Reading shows many Impressionistic traits. The attention to detail is significant and highlights its ornamental value. On a vertical canvas, Renoir portrays a side view of young woman in a wicker sun hat, that is decorated with blue, red, orange, and white flowers. Her red-brown hair covers her forehead and falls over her shoulders, as she wears a white shirt with thin blue stripes. Renoir highlights the fabric with yellow areas of pigment.
The model looks down at an open book that she holds in her hands. One page has writing on it – structured like poetry – and the next page shows a colorful illustration. The background is dark brown and black and also carries an area of light, with long and visible vertical brushstrokes of blue, green and red-brown. A bouquet of pink and red flowers with green leaves is placed on a table next to the reader, bringing more color and light into the painting.
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