Baigneuse aux cheveux longs

Auguste Renoir
Baigneuse aux cheveux longs
Vers 1895
huile sur toile
H. 82 ; L. 65 cm avec cadre H. 112 ; L. 93,5 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée de l'Orangerie) / DR
Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)
Niveau -2, Salle 8 Les Arts à Paris

Set in an indeterminate, timeless natural landscape, this nude bather comes out of the water gently drawing white drapery across her chest. Her loose golden hair echoes the imperceptible movement of the vegetation in the background, making the entire scene shimmer and undulate. The soft roundness of her face also seems to harmonise perfectly with the flesh and curves of her body.

Mallarmé wrote about Renoir’s painting: