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Renoir and the Force of Delicacy

Post #1528 • March 2, 2012, 11:34 AM • 3 Comments

[Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance in the City, 1883, oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 35 1⁄2 inches, Musée d’Orsay, Paris; photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY]

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance in the City, 1883, oil on canvas, 70 7/8 x 35 1⁄2 inches, Musée d’Orsay, Paris; photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

From my review of "Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting" at the Frick:

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's nine-canvas exhibition at the Frick Collection is a redemption. Never have I seen a gathering of Renoirs present itself with such force.

Read the whole essay, if you would.

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Walter Darby Bannard

March 2, 2012, 12:17 PM

This is exactly the kind of exhibit that painfully reminds me what a desolate wasteland Miami is.

It would be a rare joy to see some good Renoirs. Going through the auction photos at Artnet, as I do regularly, I see nothing but sour, cotton-candy fat ladies at absurd prices, and a few feeble landscapes. After a while it's hard to recall that he painted a good picture now and then.

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Chris Rywalt

March 2, 2012, 3:51 PM

I just wish the entrance fee at the Frick wasn't so expensive. It's probably just part of getting old, but paying $18 seems like a lot of money to me. Unless I can somehow get in there from 11 AM to 1 PM on a Sunday when you can pay what you wish. I wish to pay about five bucks, maybe. Partly because I'm poor but also because I'm old and still think movies should be five bucks also.

The Met is ridiculous at $25 but you can always pay what you wish. On the other hand, if you try to pay less they do kind of give you the hairy eyeball. They've got what looks like a good show up now with Gertrude Stein's collection. Mr. Bannard, perhaps you should make a trip north. The weather's mild this year thanks to Al Gore!

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John Sanchez

March 7, 2012, 10:57 AM

Nice writing, Franklin. I especially liked "One hopes that Renoir was commensurately bundled up for the painting's frosty critical reception."

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