In 1907, Renoir and his family settled in Cagnes due to the artist’s declining health, living in the charming stone farmhouse ‘Les Collettes’ where he remained for the rest of his life. Residing among scented olive and citrus groves with Mediterranean views and mountainous vistas, the countryside provided an infinite source of inspiration for the artist’s final years. The warmth of tone and radiance of light that emanate from the present work is evocative of Renoir’s love for his home. Tangible forms of nature rendered through vibrant colours and lively brushwork imbue the Impressionist effects of atmosphere, movement and joyfulness. Renoir increasingly liked his canvases to be full and sonorous, with every corner of the painting embellished with fertile trees, sumptuous foliage and a sparkling sky, brought to life by a brilliant palette. Natural and unspoiled, this view is devoid of any sign of industry or modern life. While Renoir was drawn to an Arcadian ideal of Mediterranean classicism, he adopted a sincere approach to nature as he did not attempt to tame it but instead revelled in its irregularity. 'Renoir could paint the very same spot of landscape a number of times and each version would reveal an essentially different ramification of his spirit and feelings' (Albert Barnes & Violette de Mazia, Renoir, A Retrospective (exhibition catalogue), New York, 1987, p. 339).
Not restrained by the demands of portraiture, landscapes offered Renoir the freedom to experiment outside the constraints of conventional notions of composition and finish. Commenting on the South of France, Renoir remarked: ‘In this marvelous country, it seems as if misfortune cannot befall one; one is cosseted by the atmosphere’ (Renoir, exhibition catalogue., Hayward Gallery, London, 1985-86, p.286).
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