Arts Everyday Living: Renoir’s Love Affair with Women—A Favorite Actress

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RENOIR’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH WOMEN

MADAME HENRIOT, A FAVORITE MODEL

 

I’ve loved women even before I learned to walk.*

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

Madame Henriot

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Madame Henriot, 1882, oil on canvas, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Universally celebrated Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) had a love affair with women, both on and off the canvas, throughout his lifetime of almost 80 years. HIs models ranged from his wife Aline to seamstresses and laundresses to actresses on the Parisian stage like Madame Henriot above. Born Marie-Henriette Grossin, she changed her name for professional purposes and appears in a variety of portraits by the artist during the 1870s and 1880s, which you can click on below.

For instance, do you prefer the mature 25 year old Marie-Henriette of 1882, a painting notable for its rich colors and complex patterns?  Or the pert teenager of La Parisienne, done in 1874?  How about the glamorous Madame Henriot of 1875, seductive in a low-cut, revealing gown?

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Parisienne, 1874, o.c., National Museum, Cardiff, Wales

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Madame Henriot, c. 1876, o.c. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

*From Renoir, My Father by Jean Renoir.

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