(PRWEB) November 25, 2010
Pierre-Auguste Renoir is one of the best known of the French Impressionists, with a style and color palette that define Impressionism in the mind of many art enthusiasts. Each year museums and galleries sponsor exhibits that include works by Renoir, a fact that testifies to the perennial interest in his work. While the vast majority of his works were oil paintings, he also produced over 50 graphic works on paper, including etchings and lithographs.
One of his earliest etchings, la danse à la compagne (The Dance in the Country) is Renoir’s most sought-after etching. The image shows a couple in country attire, intimately embraced in a dance. The subjects are Renoir's brother, Edmond Renoir, and his companion, Susan Valadon. This etching from 1890 used a soft-ground technique to give it the gentle feel of a drawing. Scholars estimate that only 500-700 impressions were created before the plate was destroyed. (The etching was preceded by an oil painting of the same subject that now hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.)
Additional works added to the J D Smith Fine Art collection include a lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec titled Une Spectatrice (a Spectator) and a lithograph after Paul Cezanne titled Self Portrait. The Toulouse-Lautrec lithograph, one of his earlier graphics works from 1893, shows a spectator at a Paris Café Concert. The 1903 Paul Cezanne work shows the head and bust of the artist, while seated at the easel.
J D Smith Fine Art is an Internet-based art gallery specializing in fine art prints by well-known artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. J D Smith Fine Art is located outside Portland, Oregon in the community of Happy Valley. Visit the collection now.