Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Les Grands Boulevards, 1875

Philadelphia Museum of Art | Perhaps Renoir's most famous view of Paris is this archetypical image of its newest and most fashionable district in the 1870s.
The Grands Boulevards is full of the pigment daubs and bright colors that are characteristic of Impressionism.
The modern life in the city is transmitted through visible strokes of paint, which operate as immediate sensory cues that allow the viewer to perceive this world as though it is passing by. This is the magic of Renoir's Paris.
The world of the painting is truly historical--the modern city emerging--even though his translation of this place is a subjective and fleeting impression.


Additional information:
Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections
While many of the greatest Impressionist paintings of the 1870s by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his contemporaries are festive scenes of suburban or rural sociability, the city, particularly Paris, also provided a constant source of vibrant motifs.
In this painting, executed the year after the first Impressionist exhibition was held in Paris, Renoir depicts one of the so-called grands boulevards cutting through the heart of the city.

These broad new avenues lined with uniform--some thought monotonous--stone facades had been built in the 1850s and 1860s by the town-planner Baron Georges Eugène Haussmann, and they transformed Paris into a modern metropolis.
Renoir clearly relishes the contemporary bustle, filling his canvas with traffic and commerce and lively, hurried sociability, all unified by the shimmering play of light filtering down through the treetops. | © Christopher Riopelle, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 196.


Forse la più famosa visione di Parigi di Renoir è questa immagine archetipica del suo quartiere più nuovo e alla moda negli anni '70 dell'Ottocento. I Grands Boulevards sono ricchi di macchie di pigmenti e colori brillanti che sono caratteristici dell'Impressionismo.
La vita moderna della città viene trasmessa attraverso tratti di vernice visibili, che operano come segnali sensoriali immediati che consentono allo spettatore di percepire questo mondo come se stesse passando.
Questa è la magia della Parigi di Renoir. Il mondo del dipinto è veramente storico - la città moderna sta emergendo - anche se la sua traduzione di questo luogo è un'impressione soggettiva e fugace. | © Philadelphia Museum of Art

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