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Roses - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Flowers in Renoir's work occupied no less place than female bodies, in which one could clearly admire the forms, the beauty of smooth elastic skin. Especially frequent “guests” on the canvases were roses with their rich texture and variety of shades. Roses in vases, baskets, jugs, woven into a wreath or growing on bushes - all this does not matter, the main thing is that the picture is lively, attractive and boring. So Auguste Renoir considered.
Looking at the still lifes with roses, the brushes of the great French impressionist, it is easy to see how the style of the master changed over the years, which is especially evident in the framework of a single plot than in complex figured compositions.
The first picture of “Roses” was painted in 1866 - it’s cold color, delicate shades that suggest that Renoir is here in the framework of his so-called mother-of-pearl period. The letter is still quite realistic, but with a pronounced individual style.
The second work, “Roses in a Vase”, created in 1872, gives an idea of how the master’s palette began to “warm”. Bright shades and contrasting combinations appeared here, and the composition became closer to the classical than the “Roses” of 1866, written from the top corner. The technique began to acquire familiar properties - vigorous short strokes.
The third still life, "Roses", dated 1878, is a vivid example of the artist's transition to the "red period". Here we see bright pink tones, a contrasting background and a clearly expressed impressionistic texture - small wavy strokes that create a sparkling effect. As if each petal shimmers in the sun.
Tracing the evolution of the painter's style, one cannot fail to notice the general features of his writing - this is the absence of any clear contours, offset by closely spaced strokes, flowing colors into each other and extreme reliability. Renoir always depicted roses at the peak of flowering, when this delightful plant could give maximum pleasure from contemplation. Roses, depicted by the artist, are always charming and so tangible that it seems that their nose is about to catch their wonderful delicate aroma, despite the specific technique of impressionism, which is far from photographic and realism.