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At Renoir

At Renoir's Home, rue St-Georges (formerly The Artist's Studio, rue St.-Georges), 1876

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas
18-1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

Renoir's portrait records an informal gathering of friends and colleagues at his home in Montmartre. The central figure holding a paperback and leading the discussion is Georges Rivière, an art critic and early biographer of Renoir. The bald, bearded man partially hidden to the right is Camille Pissarro, another member of the Impressionist group. Less certain are the names of the other three figures, who have been variously identified as painters, a writer, a philosopher, and a composer. Their pensive poses and expressions belie the spontaneous, animated brushwork Renoir used to describe them.

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