PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF THE MARQUES DE VILLA MARCILLA Y VISCONDES DE LA ALBORADA GRANDES DE ESPAÑA.
Pont Aven is an idyllic and evocative vision which embodies the fresh spontaneity of Renoir’s plein-air painting. The artist adopted a Venetian stylistic approach, encouraging a sense of intimacy between color and light to produce a similarly harmonious relationship between space and volume. The present work depicts a country landscape with lush green and rich copper tones, sailboats visible in the distance. Unlike his colleagues, for example Monet and Pissarro, who depicted laborers embedded in landscapes, Renoir preferred to focus on scenes of leisure.
Writing about Renoir’s landscapes of the late 1870s and early 1880s, John House observes, "It was not the specific sites that attracted his interest, but rather certain types of subject characteristic of the meeting-points of city and country: the entertainment places in particular, and also the bridges where road and rail crossed the river, the houses and villas which punctuated the fields, river-banks and old villages. Even the open countryside, when he painted it during the 1870s, does not appear as a remote refuge, but seems accessible to the casual passer-by or the day-tripper. By choosing such overtly contemporary subjects for his landscapes and subject pictures, Renoir was clearly signalling his rejection of the types of subject which won favour with the authorities at the Salon in the 1870s: the standard images of landscape and the agricultural countryside presented scenes untouched by urbanisation and modernisation" (John House, Renoir: Master Impressionist, Sydney, 1994, p. 16)
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