Renoir: The Body, The Senses (Hardback)Esther Bell (editor), George T. M. Shackelford (editor), Colin B. Bailey (author of contributions), Martha Lucy (author of contributions), Nicole Myers (author of contributions), Lisa Yuskavage (author of contributions), Alison de Lima Greene (author of contributions)
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Best known as part of the influential vanguard of Impressionist artists that experimented with new painting techniques in the late 19th century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was deeply inspired by classical traditions and returned again and again to the canonical subject of the nude. Tracing the entire arc of Renoir's career, this volume examines the different approaches the artist employed in his various depictions of the subject-from his works that respond to Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cezanne, to his late, and still controversial, depictions of bathers that inspired the next generation of artists. Eminent scholars not only look at the different ways that Renoir used the nude as a means of personal expression but also analyze Renoir's art in terms of a modern feminist critique of the male gaze.
Offering the first-ever comprehensive investigation of Renoir's nudes, this beautifully illustrated study includes approximately 50 works, including paintings, pastels, drawings, and sculptures. The book also features an interview with the contemporary figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage that considers Renoir's continuing influence and the historical significance of the female nude in art.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 1732 g
Dimensions: 282 x 238 x 34 mm
"[a] gorgeous catalogue"-Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker
"tactility is one of the senses referred to in the show's title, and capably defended in the catalog"-Roberta Smith, New York Times
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