Renoir in the 20th Century

BCAM, Level 2
February 14, 2010–May 9, 2010

Renoir in the 20th Century focuses on the last three decades of Renoir’s career, when, following his rupture with impressionism, he turned to an art that was decorative, classical, and informed by a highly personal interpretation of the Great Tradition. Renoir’s paintings from this period, which have never been studied and shown as such, are often misunderstood as they do not fit comfortably into the history of high modernism. This exhibition is the first monographic study dedicated to Renoir since the comprehensive retrospective of 1985 at the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais in Paris, and the first one ever mounted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Offering an unprecedented look at Renoir through the lens of modernism, the exhibition bridges the divide that exists in many people’s minds between art of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries.

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Curators: J. Patrice Marandel and Claudia Einecke, European Painting and Sculpture, LACMA, and Sylvie Patry, Musée d’Orsay.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, and the Musée d'Orsay in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Los Angeles presentation is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.  In-kind media support provided by KPCC.

It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gabrielle with a Rose, 1911, oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 18 1/2 in. (55 x 47 cm), Musée d'Orsay, Paris, photo © 2009 Musée d'Orsay, Paris, by Hervé Lewandowski.