On View: Renoir’s Woman with an Umbrella

Now through August, experience a rarely-seen Impressionist masterpiece by celebrated French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Joining selections photo 1from the Dixon’s permanent collection, Renoir’s Woman with an Umbrella is a striking example of one of his favorite subjects: the contemporary young woman in an outdoor setting.

3 Things to Know:

  • Woman with an Umbrella from 1873 marks such an important moment in both Renoir’s career and in the history of Impressionism. It was created just one year before the Impressionists staged their first group exhibition.
  • One of the foremost Impressionist painters, Renoir was notable for his portrayal of the human figure, especially the female form.
  • The sitter is most likely Camille Monet, wife of Claude Monet.  Between 1873 and 1875, Renoir depicted Camille Monet in a sequence of at least six portraits.

Currently on view in the Dixon residence through the end of August, Renoir’s masterpiece is on loan from a private collection. See it before it’s gone!

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841 – 1919, Woman with an Umbrella, 1873, Oil on canvas, On loan from the Diane B. Wilsey Collection

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