Interpretive Resource

Summary: Renoir's Two Sisters (On the Terrace)

Quick facts about this colorful painting of two girls outdoors.

Art Institute of Chicago. With Open Eyes: Images from The Art Institute of Chicago. CD-ROM. New York: Voyager, 1994.

The well-dressed older sister looks off into the distance. In contrast, her younger sister may have just dashed into view from play, and she looks right at us. The landscape behind them, painted with expressive brush strokes, represents the suburban town of Chatou, near Paris. The colors of the yarn in the basket are bright and pure, as if they made up the palette from which Renoir created and mixed the colors used in the rest of the painting.

children, families, Impressionism, portraits, weather/seasons


Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School

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