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Tree of the Day: August Renoir, Landscape Near Menton (1883)

Posted by achresis on June 23, 2008

Tourbillonnent dans l’extase

D’une lune rose et grise,

Et la mandoline jase

Parmi les frissons de brise.

These lines of Verlaine seem inappropriate at first when set alongside this pastoral scene, yet Renoir has brought both the sophistication and artificiality of his urban outdoor scenes to the subjects of this landscape, which whirl amongst many hued spirals as if they were animated rather than rooted to the soil.  The trees are in dialogue as they pirouette amongst a bristling herbe by the lake.  And once again the influence of photography, as painting veers from the path of naturalism, reveals itself in its negative: an animate stasis.

Next time: a pink and grey moon.


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