Renoir. Rococo Revival.

IMPRESSIONISM AND THE FRENCH ART OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
2 MARCH TO 19 JUNE 2022

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RENOIR. ROCOCO REVIVAL.
IMPRESSIONISM AND THE FRENCH ART OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

2 MARCH TO 19 JUNE 2022

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir is one of the outstanding painters of French Impressionism – and far more than that. From 2 March to 19 July 2022, for the first time the Städel Museum will be addressing the surprising references in his art to Rococo painting in a large-scale special exhibition. Whereas Rococo painting was considered frivolous and immoral after the French Revolution, it underwent a revival in the nineteenth century and was widely visible in Renoir’s lifetime. Having trained as a porcelain painter, he was also intimately acquainted with the imagery of artists such as Antoine Watteau, Baptiste Siméon Chardin, François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. He shared the Rococo’s predilection for certain subjects, among them promenaders in the park and on the riverbank, moments of repose in the outdoors, and the garden party. Renoir also frequently devoted himself to the depiction of domestic scenes and family life as well as intimate moments such as bathing, reading or making music. Yet he not only took orientation from the motifs of the Rococo, but also particularly admired its loose and sketchy manner of painting as well as its brilliant palette, aspects that would have a formative influence on him and many other artists in the Impressionist circle.

The exhibition at the Städel presents the complex history of the Rococo’s reception in nineteenth-century France. Trenchant juxtapositions of Renoir’s art with works of the eighteenth century as well as his own contemporaries – Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot – will provide an overview of Impressionism’s intense artistic examination of the Rococo.

Curatorial team: Dr Alexander Eiling (Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr Juliane Betz (Deputy Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr Fabienne Ruppen (Research Assistant, Modern Art, Städel Museum)
Sponsored by: Savings Banks Finance Group with Deutsche Leasing AG, Frankfurter Sparkasse and Savings Banks Cultural Fund of the German Savings Banks Association, the Städelsche Museums-Verein e.V. with the STÄDELFREUNDE 1815, Dagmar-Westberg-Stiftung

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Woman with a Fan, ca. 1879
Oil on canvas
65,4 × 54 cm
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Photo: Image courtesy Clark Art Institute. clarkart.edu

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Fan, ca. 1879

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Promenade, 1870
Oil on canvas
81,3 × 64,8 cm
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Photo: Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Promenade, 1870

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, 1875
Oil on canvas
54,5 × 65,0 cm
Museo Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid
Photo: © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, 1875

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Femme nue au paysage, 1883
Oil on canvas
65 × 54 cm
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection,
Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de l'Orangerie) / Franck Raux

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Femme nue au paysage, 1883

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
After the Luncheon (La fin du déjeuner), 1879
Oil on canvas
100,5 × 81,3 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, After the Luncheon (La fin du déjeuner), 1879

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Oarsmen at Chatou, 1879
Oil on canvas
81,2 × 100,2 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of Sam A. Lewisohn
Photo: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Oarsmen at Chatou, 1879

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Portrait of Madame Monet (Madame Claude Monet Reading), ca. 1874
Oil on canvas
61,7 × 50,3 cm
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Foto: Image courtesy Clark Art Institute. clarkart.edu

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Madame Monet (Madame Claude Monet Reading), ca. 1874

Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695–1736)
Pastoral Festivity, ca. 1725–1735
Oil on canvas
49,5 × 59,1 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Photo: U. Edelmann

Jean-Baptiste Pater, Pastoral Festivity, ca. 1725–1735

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721)
The Embarkation for Cythera, ca. 1709–1710
Oil on canvas
45,5 × 56 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Joint property with Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Jean-Antoine Watteau, The Embarkation for Cythera, ca. 1709–1710

François Boucher (1703–1770)
Resting Girl (Louise O´Murphy), 1751
Oil on canvas
59,5 × 73,5 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln
Photo: Rheinisches Bildarchiv, www.museenkoeln.de/rba.de

François Boucher, Resting Girl (Louise O´Murphy), 1751

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view “RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Curatorial team "RENOIR. ROCOCO REVIVAL“
f.l.t.r.: Dr Alexander Eiling (Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr Juliane Betz (Deputy Head of Modern Art, Städel Museum), Dr Fabienne Ruppen (Research Assistant, Modern Art, Städel Museum)
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Curatorial team "RENOIR. ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view "RENOIR.ROCOCO REVIVAL“
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