From the 1890s onward, Renoir abandoned the modern city as a subject, embracing the idyllic countryside, still uncorrupted by human civilization, as the focus of his art.
This river landscape near the village of Pont-Aven, Brittany, demonstrates his exquisite sensitivity to natural phenomena, such as the movement of water and the reflection of light. The area had been popular with artists, including Paul Gauguin, since the 1850s.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache
Dimensions: 20.7 × 28.9 cm (8 1/8 × 11 3/8 in.)
Object Number: 2012.33
Place Created: France
Markings: Collector stamp in black ink at lower left (Maurice Gobin, Lugt no. 1124b)
Signed: Renoir / Pont Aven at lower left
Attribution: Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.