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Description of the painting by Pierre Renoir "Self-portrait"

Description of the painting by Pierre Renoir


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The portrait of the artist depicts an elderly man. The portrait is close to realism, but permeated with the spirit of impressionism, so characteristic of Renoir.

An elderly man looks with a good look. But at the same time, this look is full of sadness. It is filled with thoughts about a life already lived, that more is already behind. The man is calm. In his eyes there is no that strength and confidence inherent in young men. His eyes are full of peace and tranquility.

You can see deep wrinkles, which have already significantly changed the appearance of the artist. In these wrinkles are imprints of a difficult life, a search for oneself and many years of work. The man has dark eyebrows. Moreover, he has a completely gray mustache and beard. The mustache is already long enough and swirls in waves in different directions. It is impossible to discern the artist’s lips behind the dense facial hair.

The man is depicted in outerwear. The artist is not richly dressed. The artist has a bowler hat of a light brown color, classic for this type of hat. Under the hat you can see an ear that sticks out a little. Was the artist distinguished by protruding ears or is this the result of frequent wearing of a hat?

A neck scarf is tied around the man’s neck - a man’s wardrobe element, typical for those times, and a great alternative to a modern tie. The scarf is tied with an intricate knot - it gives out the creative nature of the author. On the shoulders of the artist is a black coat made of thick fabric. The collar angle deviated and puffs.

In general, the Renoir self-portrait leaves only positive emotions from viewing. Not a single detail of the image leaves a negative impression. The portrait is permeated with kindness, warmth and tranquility of the artist who is completely satisfied with his life. Life has almost come to an end - it will not be possible to change something. He understands this; he seeks advantages in what he has achieved.





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