This work will be included in the second supplement to the Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles de Pierre-Auguste Renoir being prepared by Guy Patrice Dauberville and Floriane Dauberville, published by Bernheim-Jeune.
Renoir’s command of colour is on display in the present work. The subtle variations in the dark green hues of the large tree in the centre of the composition enable a sense of volume. Meanwhile, the careful strokes of black underneath evoke shadow, further heightening the spatial composition. Additional flurries of colour in the warm blue sky and the white dabs of the clouds create an image of visceral, unbridled nature. Renoir, his brushstrokes visible in the free-form manner of the composition, strives to make his own presence felt, in an attempt to bridge the civilized and the wild, the tamed and the untamable.
Renoir adored the South of France and spent an increasing amount of time there before moving permanently to the area in 1897. Having suffered from the effects of rheumatoid arthritis prior to his move, Renoir found the warmth and sunlight of this more benign climate beneficial to his health, and produced some of the most charming and attractive landscapes of his career from the mid-1890s onward which depict the southern Midi region. Renoir further cemented his close connection to the South of France with the purchase of a countryside property near Cagnes in 1907, Les Colettes, where the artist and his family enjoyed a relaxed and happy existence.
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