Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Girl with a Hoop

Girl with a Hoop: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

In Girl with a Hoop, by French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, we see a girl, in pale blue, who holds the golden hoop looking out just past the viewer.

She has paused her play for the artist who delicately paints the various textures of the girl’s dress and ribbon, and makes of the ground a kaleidoscope of color that is quasi-abstract. To the background is shrubbery that is painted with a tension between Impressionism and Realism. Renoir painted this in 1885.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Girl with a Hoop is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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