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The Vineyards at Cagnes (Les Vignes à Cagnes)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1908
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Renoir."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Edgar W. Garbisch
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1924, provenance not yet documented; before 1924, acquired by Maurice Gangnat of Paris, France; June 24-25, 1925, sold at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, "Tableaux composant la collection Maurice Gangnat" no. 92; between 1924 and 1944, provenance not yet documented; by 1944, acquired by Valentine Gallery, New York, NY; 1944, purchased from Valentine Gallery by Edgar William Garbisch and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch (Mrs. E. W. Garbisch); December 12, 1951, gift of Edgar and Bernice Garbisch to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, France, 1841–1919, Cagnes–sur–Mer, France). 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)
    IMAGE overall, 51.219_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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