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Auguste Renoir

Young Girl with a Hat


Auguste Renoir
Limoges 1841 – Cagnes-sur-Mer 1919


Young Girl with a Hat


About 1890


Oil on canvas


41.5 x 32.5 cm


Purchase, grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, and gifts of Mrs. A. T. Henderson, the families of the late M. Dorothea Millar and the late J. Lesley Ross, the Bank of Montreal, Redpath Industries Ltd. and the Royal Trust Company, in memory of Huntly Redpath Drummond, inv. 1984.17


Western Art

The year 1890 was a turning point for Auguste Renoir. Regular purchases of his work by his dealer had brought him financial security. During this happy period, he turned to French eighteenth-century painting by Watteau and Fragonard. He admired the supple brushwork that draws and colours in a single stroke, moulding shape and space simultaneously. Renoir created a sort of iridescent impasto lit up by gleaming whites and layers of glaze. The half-length paintings of young girls in hats, which he turned out for his dealer, appealed to a wide public. He sometimes ordered hats to be specially made for his models. But whether the girls were modern or sham, Renoir created wonderful posies of women and flowers.

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