Between 1884 and his death in 1890, he painted a great many still lifes, some of which are not only among his most famous, but the most popular in Western art.
A small selection showing how still life painting was an essential part of his art, even more fascinating and enigmatic than his landscapes.
Courbet’s late coastal views and waves, Cézanne’s Post-Impressionism and radical watercolours, Hodler’s sublime view over Lake Geneva, and Signac’s mixed media.
Paintings of the sky by Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Klimt, Cézanne, Schiele, Paul Nash and others.
He developed a fascination for the form of the agave plant, and painted a series of figurative works showing ladies in a fictional country estate.
As he sought deeper knowledge of nature by spiritual means, his paintings underwent radical change.
He excelled across all genres, one of few painters of the time to do so. He was, and remains, one of the greatest European painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A short illustrated history of Renoir’s career as a landscape painter, from Barbizon to La Grenouillère, Post-Impressionism and the influence of Corot and Cézanne.
Crippled by his arthritis, he couldn’t stop painting. Landscapes became more radical, and he painted more bathers. Some of Renoir’s last and most radical works.
He falls in love with Cagnes, moving first to a rented flat, then to a house built for him amid ancient olive trees. And he painted furiously.