Dance at Bougival Bookmark
2¼ x 7¼ in. decorative bookmark
Attractively packaged in a plastic sleeve for protection
Published with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)
Dance at Bougival, 1883
Throughout his career, Pierre-August Renoir’s work was as immutably personal as that of any painter since the Renaissance. A first-generation Impressionist, he was a close associate of Monet, Manet, Sisley, and Pissarro, but he had no great interest in the theories that underlay their work. To Renoir, painting was about color—in the mastery of which he was without equal—and joyful, truthful, sensual expression of the pleasures to be found in everyday life. He worked himself hard in pursuit of this expression, never completely trusting his ability to capture and transform the human figure. But his work and worry are never perceptible in his bold but delicate, loving portrayals of people delighting in their hard-earned leisure.