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Renoir the Spanish way

lundi 28 novembre 2016

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  • Renoir dans son atelier, photographie noir & blanc
    Renoir seated in his atelier in Paris
    Photo © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
  • catalogue de l'exposition
    Catalogue of the exhibition, cover and flyleaf
  • Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette - Musée d'Orsay, Paris
    Details of Le moulin de la Galette, 1876
    Photo © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
  • Fillette au chapeau de paille, Renoir
    Details of The Girl with a hat, towards 1908
    Photo © Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
  • Les baigneuses, détail - Auguste Renoir
    Details of The Bathers, 1818-1819
    Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
  • salle rouge exposition Renoir, foundacion Mapfre
    One of the exhibition rooms of Fundacion Mapfre, September 2016
  • ascenseur revêtu du moulin de la Galette, détail
    Lift at the Fundacion Mapfre, September 2016

In its new location in Barcelona, the Fundacion Mapfre presents an exhibition dedicated to Auguste Renoir, with the scientific collaboration of the Musée d’Orsay. The photography agency of the RMN-GP, Agence Photo – which has been working regularly for many years with the foundation – provided most of the images featured in the catalogue and exhibition.

For this event, Le Moulin de la Galette set out on a journey, which is quite rare for the piece. Indeed, the exhibition coincides with the centenary of the presentation of the emblematic painting, which came to Catalonia for the French art exhibition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1917. The event also featured a number of Parisian paintings by contemporary Catalan artists of the period.

Nonetheless, the event's main theme was the evolution of the great artist through his representation of women. Across about sixty pieces, we understand how Renoir strived to reveal the sensitivity and voluptuousness of his models. They were his main source of inspiration. From the Parisian modern pieces of his youth to the classic bathers of the last years, including pieces on maternity and other more intimate portraits. 

When compared, paintings by Van Gogh, Degas, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard and Picasso respond to his work, helping us understand the artist’s influences across his works.

With over a hundred exhibitions, the Fundacion – created in 1989 by the Mapfre insurance company – aims to enhance social progress and raise public cultural awareness. With an extensive presence in South America, it is active in about thirty countries. Although it is involved in promoting art through traditional presentation channels accompanied by catalogues, it also sets precedents by effectively using digital opportunities, e.g. setting up online virtual exhibitions and monographs.

Renoir entre mujeres: "Del ideal moderno al ideal clasico. Colecciones de los museos d'Orsay y de l'Orangerie", from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017 at the Mapfre Foundation, Barcelona.



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Portraits of women by Renoir


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