Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, 1657 - 59, oil on canvas, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
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Pierre Bonnard, Dans le Cabinet de toilette (In the Bathroom), 1907, oil on board, Tate Gallery, London
Afternoon in the Garden
Pierre Bonnard - 1891
Henri Matisse, Reader on a Black Background (The Pink Table), 1939
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La balançoire (The Swing), 1876, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay
Jan Vermeer, The Milkmaid, c. 1657 - 1658, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum
Joseph Vivien, the artist, was one of the most sought-after pastel portraitists and commanded high prices for his work. Who this stylish man was is uncertain, but we do know he had expensive tastes in artists and hairstyles.
Portrait of a Man, about 1725, Joseph Vivien. J. Paul Getty Museum.
In this work, Pierre-Auguste Renoir depicts a casually intimate moment from daily life that anyone on the Internet can appreciate: a cat snuggle! Renoir focuses on the sensuous contact of the model’s skin with the cat’s fur, and convincingly renders the different textures. The woman pictured is Nini Lopez, one of Renoir’s preferred models in the 1870s. Described by his friend Georges Rivière as “meticulous, serious, discreet,” Lopez’s professionalism stood out in contrast to some of the era’s more impetuous and unruly models.
Now on view in Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art.
Pierre-Augusts Renoir (French, 1841-1919). Woman with a Cat, c. 1875. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Levy. 1950.12.1