- Renoir and the Impressionists
This painting shows a group of artists – painters, writers and musicians – gathered in the studio of Henri Fantin-Latour.
- The Landscape En Plein Air
The genre of landscape painting in the western art tradition gained wider acceptance and popularity through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- The New Paris: City and Suburb
Les Grands Boulevards and La Grenouillère are two different views of modern life in Paris in the late 1800s. Though both paintings were made outdoors, or in plein-air, each combines elements of nature with human activity in urban and suburban settings.
- Painting Nature
Many Impressionist painters, like Renoir, looked to nature as a source of inspiration for their art. The textures, colors and variety of forms found in nature allowed Impressionist painters to experiment with their painting techniques and compositions.
- An Experimental Painter
Unlike many of the portraits and figure paintings made by Renoir, which he carefully composed and refined in his studio, he painted most of his landscapes outdoors, or in plein-air. This allowed him the freedom to be more experimental when painting landscapes.
- Renoir Abroad
These paintings of The Jardin d’Essai, Algiers and the Piazza San Marco, Venice were painted by Renoir in the same year, 1881, recording his travels to Algeria and Italy.