Nature's Workshop : Renoir's Writings on the Decorative Arts
(Robert L. Herbert
This book transforms our perception of Renoir's biography, and his social and intellectual status. Renoir is revealed to be both a radical and a reactionary, bitterly opposing the factory system that stripped the worker of initiative, turning him into a machine. The book provides not only invaluable insights into Renoir, but also a much-needed comparative study of the decorative arts in nineteenth-century France and Britain. All eleven texts (articles and letters for newspapers, draft essays etc.) are published both in English with a commentary by Herbert, and in French. Four introductory chapters by Herbert precede the texts. Includes unpublished writings, including Renoir's Grammar of Art, long thought to be lost.
(Gotz Adriani, Auguste Renoir, Kunsthalle Tubingen
This magnificent book presents a rich selection of Renoir's major works from throughout his fifty-year career. The book discusses Renoir's development as a painter, the unique methods of his genius, and his importance as a leading artistic personality of his era.
Renoir : His Life, Art, and Letters
(Barbara Ehrlich White)
This stunning book is a lavish celebration of Renoir's life, exploring his early formative years and his rapid progression into one of the world's most highly respected Impressionist painters. More than 250 of the artist's better known works are reproduced with amazing clarity, and are a testament to Renoir's diverse talent and imagination. From his subtle, tender images of children in paintings such as Girls at the Piano and The Letter, to his full-textured and opulent paintings such as Sleeping Odalisque and Ode to Flowers, Renoir really was the Workman of Painting.