Description of the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir "The Frog"

Description of the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The painting was painted by Auguste Renoir in 1869.

“Frog” was a cafe on the water, which was located on a pontoon moored to one of the banks of the French river Seine. This pontoon was connected to the shore by a small bridge for passage. There were islands on the river where the Parisians loved to relax. These places are described in the works of Zola and Maupassant.

The Paddling Pool was the place where easy-going girls gathered. They were called "frogs." They came here from the suburbs along with hooligans and crooks. It happened that they came alone, hoping to find customers. For men to peck, put on incredibly defiant outfits.

Two painters Renoir and Monet in 1869 begin work on paintings with identical subjects. The styles were incredibly close. The cafe was depicted in both paintings from one point. Renoir was more captivated by the image of people, and Monet - nature and landscapes. It is important that Renoir with incredible care prescribes all the details of the outfits.

Renoir conveys the incredible beauty of the light, which fancifully plays on the water surface.

The painter did not at all seek to characterize the great depth of his characters. He did not try to reveal their psychology and inner world. In this sense, his art is limited. But it was he who narrated about completely unknown people with incredible warmth, enchanting softness and sincerity. He showed how charming youth is, how beautiful and graceful any person is, how natural his quite ordinary movements are. Renoir was able to notice fleeting facial expressions, brilliance of eyes full of liveliness, the slightest shades of moods that own him.

For a very long time, the painter was not recognized, and he was practically not admitted to exhibitions of an official level.

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