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Description of the painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir "Reading Girl"


The hard work on the portrait of reading girls helped the artist Renoir to achieve a sensation of blinding sun flare. The light ignites the already bright red hair, and falls directly on the old pages of an open book, reflected from the paper on a snow-white young face. Sunlight is spreading everywhere.

The artist imposes paints with a special thick technique, without using smooth and soft strokes. On the canvas, they look separate, but at the same time solid spots. For example, a bow located on the neck is made using thick white strokes. And on top of it, blue and red paint is applied with rough strokes. All these touches are combined into a single whole, and depict a subtle play of reflections of a sunny color. Such unusual techniques permeated the whole picture of the artist.

Paints are applied with thick strokes, specks, or simply rubbed onto the canvas with a spatula or even a finger. In places where the artist focuses complex light effects, he applies double and triple layers. All of them merge into a single juicy symphony of light and shadow, conveying the charm of the daytime sun.

Renoir managed to capture the moment. Such a simple plot of the work helps the viewer to focus on the whole painting, on the mastery of the author, able to depict such a lovely moment. All contours in the figure are unsteady, not clear and not drawn, the main role in the work is assigned to color variety and decision.

Such a significant contrast makes the picture particularly elegant: light skin, hair and book pages against a dark blue wall. Light flare gently lie down on the girl's jacket, delimiting and emphasizing the voluminous shoulder. Not surprisingly, many experts consider this painting of Renoir to be the pinnacle of French impressionism.





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