Auguste Renoir on the Art of Painting

Auguste Renoir is one of the most well-known Impressionist artists. As an Impressionist, Renoir worked to capture a fleeting moment in his paintings and studied the effect of light on the real world. Here are some of his famous works…

Auguste Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876

Auguste Renoir, Luncheon on the Boating Party, 1880-1881

The following is an excerpt from Renoir’s argument on his approach to painting and on what he believes art is:

“I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child. I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell, it doesn’t turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it. I am no cleverer than that. I have no rules and no methods;…I have no secrets. I look at a nude; there are myriads of tiny tints. I must find the ones that will make the flesh o my canvas live and quiver…

[If viewers] could explain a picture, it wouldn’t be art. Shall I tell you what I think are the two qualities of art? It must be indescribable and it must be inimitable… The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passions… I want people to feel that neither the setting nor the figures are dull and lifeless.”

I agree with Renoir. I believe that art should be unique. It is an artist’s way of expressing himself or herself. Thus, it should be particular to each individual and it should be “inimitable.”

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