RococoRenoirRevival   3/2–6/19/2022 Digitorial® for the exhibition

Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, c. 1657-1659 Oil on canvas, 83 x 64,5 cm, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden, 1336, Dresden, © Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Herbert Boswank

Light, sensual, and charming: the Impressionist paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) are instantly recognizable. Dubbed the “painter of happiness”, Renoir remains as famous as ever for his café scenes and sensitive portraits. Renoir is known as a modernist painter, but that certainly doesn’t mean he was no longer inspired by the art of the past. Decorative and dynamic, powdery pastel-like and dreamy, the forms, colors, and motifs of the 18th century Rococo style can be reencountered in Renoir’s world of pastime and pleasure.

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