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Subjects : Nude
Keywords : 19th century, Impressionism, bare, bare breasts, bracelet, exposition durand ruel, female nude, foliage, heat, light effect, nudity, ring, sun effect, young girl
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Torse, effet de soleil

Nude in the Sun is a painting by the French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painted in 1875 and housed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The work was first exhibited to the public in 1876, at the second Impressionist exhibition. The painting caused a scandal because of its unscrupulous pictorial style: Albert Wolff wrote in Le Figaro: Nude in the Sun is particularly interesting because Renoir shows here that he has assimilated and internalised the Impressionist lesson of light and colour. The scientific hypothesis on which the painting is based is that a body shines not only by its own reflected light, but also by the light filtered by surrounding objects, which therefore appropriately determine its chromatic values. Renoir translated this phenomenon onto canvas by choosing to depict the torso of a young bather called Anna who, to protect herself from the scorching sun, immerses herself in verdant nature. This figurative choice is consistent with Renoir's poetic approach, which favoured the human figure over the landscape. The young girl's opulent complexion was a pretext for Renoir to study the material identity between colour, bodies and the effects generated by the plasticity of light. See how sunlight disturbs the local colours of the young girl's skin. If, on the other hand, in order for the light to be imprinted on the girl's skin, it first has to penetrate the foliage of the vegetation, which acts as a filter, then we obtain spots that are no longer pink, but rather [...]


This artwork is a painting from the modern period. It belongs to the impressionism style.


« Torse, effet de soleil » is kept at Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France.


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