French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the subject of a new exhibition – Revoir Renoir! – at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny. The exhibit, which will opens from 20 June to 23 November, showcases an exceptional mix of Renoir’s paintings, with over 100 works reflecting his entire career – 60 years of creation.
The exhibition particularly emphasizes the intimate lighting in which Renoir’s works are bathed. His paintings are renowned for their vibrant light and saturated colour, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. Renoir was a leading innovator in the development of the Impressionist style with the female nude being one of his primary subjects.
The exhibition features some of his most heralded works from European, Swiss and French museums, such as the Pushkin Museum of São Paulo, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Palace of Monaco Musée Rodin Musée d’Orsay, Orangerie, the Petit Palais and Marmottan, and Foundation Ephrussi de Rothschild. It also highlights lesser-known examples from private collections, some of them displayed for the first time in decades.
Two rarely shown monumental sculptures (Venus Victrix from the Petit Palais museum in Paris and The Great Washer Squat from the Gianadda Foundation) complete the exhibition. This unusual retrospective is sure to attract a wide audience eager to admire his most famous paintings, but also the chance to behold some of his lesser-known works. For more information, please see: www.gianadda.ch