Renoir: Where Lights Transplant

Artlytics Org
1 min readMar 4, 2021



Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) is one of the most important figures of Impressionism. The early painting style belongs to the typical impressionism, paying great attention to the depiction of light and color. His figure paintings are very famous. They are famous for bright, colorful, and cheerful combinations. His paintings are always full of sunshine. Lights can penetrate from top to down, from left to right.

Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876, Oil on canvas, 131cm x 175cm, Musee d’Orsay, Paris


“Bal du moulin de la Galette” is Renoir’s signature work. Renoir did not depict the faces of the characters in-depth, but rather focused on depicting the changes of light and shadows that shine through the shade of the trees. The sun is shining, the shadows of the trees are mottled, and the integration of natural elements makes the picture so relaxed and tranquil.

Le dejeuner des canotiers, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881, Oil on canvas, 129.9cm x 172.7cm, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC


This work still maintains Renoir’s style. The picture is warm, full of optimism, and radiates hope.