The Vineyards at Cagnes (Les Vignes à Cagnes)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Here, Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts a woman reading beneath an olive tree on his estate near Cagnes, in the South of France. The property offered panoramic views of the countryside, and he made many such landscapes there, capturing radiant light, lush vegetation, and moments of quiet leisure in colorful, feathery brushstrokes. Although his freely handled technique is quintessentially modern, his composition—foreground trees framing the receding landscape and distant mountain—recalls the orderly compositional structure of seventeenth-century landscapes, with trees framing a distant vista.
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (46.4 x 55.2 cm)
frame: 27 3/8 x 31 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (69.5 x 79.4 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Renoir."
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edgar W. Garbisch
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919). The Vineyards at Cagnes (Les Vignes à Cagnes), 1908. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 21 3/4 in. (46.4 x 55.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edgar W. Garbisch, 51.219 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.219_PS11.jpg)
overall, 51.219_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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