Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Children's Afternoon at Wargemont

Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont is an 1884 painting by French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is located in the National Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

Analysis of Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont

Children’s Afternoon at Wargemont is a distinctly ‘unImpressionist’ work by the so-called Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir which he completed at the height of the Impressionist movement in 1884. The picture is closer to French Realism in the later half of the 17th century, made famous by artists such as Édouard Manet and Gustave Courbet.

All details are painted with precision and the play of the effects of light is minimal. The two girls on either side of the canvas are absorbed in their reading and knitting while the central girl pauses to look out at the viewer.

This scene is at Château de Wargemont in Normandy, the country estate of one of Renoir’s patrons Paul Berard, who commissioned a number of portraits of his family, including himself, Madame Paul Berard, Marthe Berard and Thérèse Berard.

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