Figures on the Beach, 1890 by Pierre Auguste Renoir



Title

Figures on the Beach, 1890

Artist

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Ref RH0965-F1
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Description  
Probably painted in 1890 on the Cote d’Azur in southern France, this sun-filled painting shows two female figures at the beach. The seated figure is shown in profile, her right hand holding a parasol on the sand. She exchanges a look with the standing figure to her right, who holds a basket at her side. The women are joined by a small white dog, and before the water stands a boy dressed in blue, seemingly throwing an object into the ocean. The standing figure serves as a vertical force which connects the horizontally banded foreground, water and sky. The women appear carefree and neither at work nor in the presence of men. Painted later in Renoir’s career, a period at which point the artist expressed scepticism of industrialism and machines, this quite seascape pays homage to the resplendent beauty of what is ordinary and simple.