Renoir inspired many of his contemporaries; it was his exuberance that caught the attention of artists like Vincent van Gogh, who admired so much of Renoir’s technique. Writing to his brother Théo in 1885, Vincent had said that Renoir reminded him that “there is life in every pencil stroke," which underscores a stimulating dialogue regarding technique and composition between the two painters (quoted in Keith Wheldon, Renoir and His Art, New York, 1975, p. 120). Renoir was intent on depicting nature in a dream-like setting while focusing on the relationship between a place and its surrounding environment. He painted specifically with the “solidity, fullness, richness, reality, dignity, depth and majesty, all of which are embodied in compositions characterized by dynamic relations between solid volumes of color and units of colorful space” (Albert C. Barnes, The Art of Renoir, Philadelphia, 1935, p. 115).
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