An Intimate Biography
Barbara Ehrlich White
Published by Thames & Hudson

A major new biography of this perennially popular artist by the world’s foremost scholar of his life and work. Published by Thames & Hudson.

Expertly researched and beautifully written, Renoir: An Intimate Biography fully examines the life and work of this most intriguing of Impressionist artists. The narrative is interspersed with more than 1,100 extracts from letters by, to, and about Renoir, 452 of which come from unpublished letters.

Renoir became hugely popular despite great obstacles: 30 years of poverty followed by another three decades of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Despite these hardships, much of his work is optimistic, even joyful, and he cultivated close relationships with other artists such as Caillebotte, Cézanne, Monet, and Morisot. Drawing on unpublished material, Barbara Ehrlich White brings us into direct contact with Renoir as an artist, friend and father, and enables us to appreciate his painting more fully.

The author is Adjunct Professor Emerita of Art History, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. The world’s leading authority on Renoir’s life and work, she was awarded the prestigious French honour, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, on the recommendation of Renoir’s great-granddaughter, Sophie.

456 pages
105 illustrations
240 mm x 165 mm
Published by Thames & Hudson

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