Coco, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1906

Description of the picture:

Coco – Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 1906. Oil on canvas
The artist’s life is diverse and multi-layered. His whole career is rightly divided into certain periods, and in the Land of the Rising Sun, it’s completely, every seven years, a real master changes his name, as his manner and view of the world radically change. So in the life of Renoir, art critics see three very different periods of filling.

Coco – a portrait of a child that belongs to the so-called "red" period. At this time, the artist more departs from the canons of impressionism, trying to find new ways in creativity, experimenting with color and perspective. At this time, the main source of inspiration and creative energy for the artist are numerous shades of red.

The work is very tender, written with love. The master emphasizes the tender age of his model, the eager study of the world, the indefatigable energy. Shades of red in this case fit perfectly.

The work still feels the aesthetic program of impressionism, but the influence is outgoing. The master is as if on the verge of a new creative breakthrough. His lines, distorting space and frankly breaking perspective, are the result of an internal creative conflict that the great master never managed to overcome, remaining in the history of world painting as a great artist of impressionism.

In the children’s portrait, the artist’s mastery is manifested especially vividly and confidently: the sun got lost in the curls of the child, delicate and pale skin acts as an excellent background for the hero’s bright and energetic lips."

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