New York

Pierre-Auguste Renoir


The Renoir show was an interesting disappointment. Disappointment may not be quite the word, since to tell the truth I have never been enthusiastic about Renoir, but until now I have tried to withhold judgment, thinking the fault might be mine. That seems more difficult to do after this show, even though there were extenuating circumstances. One was the selection of pieces in the show. It consists largely of portraits, which gives a badly distorted view of what Renoir painted, and for that matter cannot even be used to trace the development of how he painted unless one uses the paintings in the present show simply as reminders of what his paintings on other themes look like. And no doubt the selection was partly determined by cost and availability, whose heavy hands are felt throughout the exhibition. The fact remains that the show was poor, and I wonder if any show of this ostensible

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