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Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Nude. 1876

Renoir's Nude painted in 1876 undoubtedly ranks among the masterpieces in the Museum's collection. In addressing the eternal theme of female beauty, the artist treats it primarily as pictorial beauty. The well-known Paris model 'la belle Anne', a modern Venus, is set in a halo of cold grey-blue shades. By renouncing traditional modelling and precise contours and replacing them with small mobile brushstrokes and subtle scumbling, the artist stresses the femininity of his model and produces a remarkable sensation of a real live body. The picture is like a gem, so it is not surprising that it is also known as The Pearl.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir