Girl with a Fan, c1879 by Pierre Auguste Renoir



Title

Girl with a Fan, c1879

Artist

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Ref RH0964-F1
Type Print
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Description  
The actress Jeanne Samary may have posed for this painting in her cheerfully decorated dressing room at the Comédie-Française, a theatre in Paris. Yet the image, as indicated by its title, was not intended as a portrait. The informal subject freed Renoir to experiment with composition – the figure occupies a compressed space, a vibrant bouquet competing with her features. She holds an uchiwa fan, reflecting a fascination with all things Japanese in late nineteenth-century France.