Lise in a White Shawl

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir ( French, 1841 - 1919 )

DATE:
c. 1872
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General Description

This painting is likely one of the last images of Lise Tréhot that Pierre-Auguste Renoir made before the couple parted ways in 1872 or 1873. It is also one of his most portrait-like depictions of her. Her large gold earrings and white lace shawl may indicate that she is wearing a sort of costume and playing a role, as she usually did when posing for Renoir, but the other elements of her outfit—a black silk dress with white cuffs and a red scarf at the neck—are conventional contemporary dress. Her forthright gaze, which meets the scrutiny of the artist with focus and intensity, suggests the intimacy of their personal relationship and their long experience of collaboration as artist and model.

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Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2015.

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