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The Seine at Argenteuil

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Pierre Auguste Renoir, The Seine at Argenteuil, 1874, oil on canvas, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, public domain, 35.26

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Title

The Seine at Argenteuil

Artist

Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)

Date

1874

Period

Impressionist

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 3/4 in x 25 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Renoir, brushed, lower right

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.26

Copyright

public domain

Terms

boats

canvas

Impressionist

marines

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

river

Description

The quaint river-town of Argenteuil, on the banks of the Seine River, is a quick fifteen-minute train ride from the center of Paris. During the 1870s and 1880s Argenteuil became an important source of inspiration for the impressionist artists, who immortalized its river views, bridges, streets, and gardens in their paintings—setting it apart from neighboring villages.

One of the foremost “myths” about Renoir and his work is that he was primarily known for his paintings of human figures—often well-endowed women, and thus contributed very little to plein-air landscape painting. The Seine at Argenteuil, painted in the summer of 1874, clearly dispels any doubt that Renoir was as accomplished a landscape painter as Monet, Sisley, or Pissarro, achieving an utterly personal style. Interestingly, Renoir painted this work alongside his friend Claude Monet, whose painting of the same scene, Sailboats at Argenteuil, 1874, is in a private collection in Switzerland.

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