The way in which the artist encapsulated tactile sensations in his paintings is the central theme of this exhibition dedicated to the French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, being held at Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. It features over 70 paintings on loan from museums and collections from all around the world.
Various works from throughout Renoir's career show how he used tactile suggestions of volume, matter, and textures, to encapsulate intimacy, in social, friendly, family, or erotic terms. This can be seen in a wide variety of genres, such as group scenes, portraits and nudes, but also in still life paintings and landscapes.
Whereas other painters created distance between their paintings and spectators, Renoir sought to include them in his works, to envelope them, and for that reason his pictorial treatment is tactile, enveloping, hedonistic; up close and personal.
Previously, only the Prado Museum has organised an exhibition dedicated exclusively to the impressionist painter, and so this new exhibition is one of the most important cultural events of 2016, allowing the public to admire works never before exhibited in Spain.
La Promenade, 1870. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The J. Paul Getty Museum
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