The Umbrellas (Les Parapluies) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Umbrellas

(Les Parapluies)


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Dimensions: 115 x 180 cm
Type: Oil on canvas
Location: The National Gallery, London, UK
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Les Parapluies/Umbrellas
The right hand side of the picture is painted softly in Renoirs familiar style. Then, after a gap of many months in which he absorbed new influences of form and structure(Cezanne for example) he painted the girl on the left. High definition! I was amazed when I first learned this in an Art History lecture.
Posted by artlover on 04. June 2014. at 01:23
Renoir - Les Parapluies
When I was a child (over forty years ago), this painting used to hang in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, and my mother used to take me to see it.

She told me that the main figure was a milliner’s assistant, carrying a milliner’s basket, who was probably out on an errand delivering a hat to a wealthy customer. The basket is closed with a black lacquered lid, to protect the hat, and the girl’s hand is reflected in the shiny black of its lacquered cover.

While all the other figures in the painting wear hats, the assistant, a mere shop-girl, wears none, nor does she carry an umbrella to protect her from the rain. Her dress is drab and unadorned in dramatic contrast with the elegant finery of the other figures, who all clearly come from a much higher social strata.

Yet she is the beauty and the main focus of the painting. She has just caught the attention of the man immediately behind her, who may be Renoir himself, the likeness is not dissimilar, and looks away modestly from his gaze.

In the painting, Renoir captures the moment, by putting us, the viewer, right in the middle of the scene, focusing our attention on the girl with the downward sweep of the opened and half opened umbrellas.

This account has always framed my understanding of the picture and made it live for me as one of my favourite paintings.

Patricia McGoldrick

Posted by Patricia McGoldrick on 05. February 2012. at 10:00
not for analysis. just a miracle. loving it twenty years now and forever.
Posted by Nikos on 28. November 2011. at 16:36
its ok but its not very undetailed
Posted by joe on 20. November 2011. at 04:55
i have to study this
Posted by henry on 05. June 2011. at 07:57
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