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Friday, March 9, 2012
Close-Up V: Renoir
Or, more accurately, Mrs. Renoir.
This 1910 painting in the Wadsworth Atheneum is by Pierre-August Renoir. Mrs. Renoir was the painter's longtime mistress, muse and model. By the time this portrait was painted, they were both older and had married, and had eased into a familar domesticity. (I know this because the nearby sign told me.) The painting is so blurred, I wonder if Renoir's sight was failing . . .