Renoir, The Body, The Senses

Coinciding with the centenary of the artist’s death, Renoir: The Body, The Senses presented at the Kimbell Art Museum, Texas, focuses on Renoir’s lifelong depiction of the body and the nude. This recurring theme and his personal style placed him amongst the most significant artists of the 20th century.

Renoir: The Body, The Senses seeks to place Renoir’s preoccupation with the nude in a rich historical context. “We decided to look at Renoir both across the span of his lifetime and against the background of history,” said George Shackelford, Deputy Director of the museum. “By showing Renoir’s works alongside those of artists as diverse as Boucher, Degas and Picasso, we’re hoping to demonstrate the ways in which his achievements grow out of the past, react to his present and exert a profound influence on the future. We think these juxtapositions will surprise and delight exhibition visitors.”

The exhibition redefines Renoir as a brilliant, radical and influential artist of the modern age, reconsidering him as a constantly evolving artist who participated in key movements, including Realism, Impressionism and Modernism.

Featuring a remarkable ensemble of approximately 60 paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures by Renoir as well as works by his predecessors, contemporaries and followers, the exhibition’s will include exceptional loans from the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the National Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Art Institute (Chicago), the MFA (Boston), and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as from the Clark Institute’s renowned collection of the artist’s work.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blonde Bather (1881), The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926.