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Lakeside Landscape

A description on the reverse of this painting identifies it as a landscape near Annecy, a medieval town adjacent to a large lake in the Haute-Savoie region of France. The exact location has not been identified, however. As was usual in his landscapes, Renoir has used strong colour combinations, offsetting the bright greens with contrasting shades of red (pinks, ochre and rusts) to increase the vibrancy and intensity of the pigments. Here he also seems to be mirroring the optical effects we experience when we look into the distance. Things that are close to us or in our peripheral vision - in this case, those grasses and the foliage on either side of the foreground - go out of focus as our eyes ...
c. 1889
Oil on canvas
47.0 x 58.2cm
Image and text © The National Gallery, London, 2024

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