Encapsulating a scene of pure tranquility, the work exemplifies Renoir’s use of feathery brushstrokes and a pastel-toned palette, bringing together an array of soft pinks, blues, greens and yellows. 1885 was the height of the Impressionist movement, and by this point in the artist’s career, his œuvre had established a solid reputation amongst the upper class and this charming depiction of a fashionable model would have greatly appealed to the sophistication of Renoir’s patrons. Executed at the peak of the artist's powers, it displays his mastery of depicting the subtle nuances of colour and light. This distinctive radiance, achieved through open and active brushwork, was due in part to his response to French Rococo painting. Renoir successfully recaptures the vivacity and joie de vivre displayed by the eighteenth-century masters, namely Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Antoine Watteau and François Boucher.
The present work was owned by both Ambroise Vollard and Bernheim-Jeune, two of the three principal dealers in Paris at the time (along with Durand-Ruel). This notable provenance is testament to the importance of the painting.
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