About this artwork
The model for this elegant painting of a French bourgeois woman sewing may be Aline Charigot, whom Pierre-Auguste Renoir would go on to marry. The artist treated his domestic subject—a middle-class woman embroidering a textile—with vibrant color, light-filled atmosphere, and freely handled paint. Cobalt blue dominates the composition with striking contrasts of red and spare touches of yellow, relying on the optical effect produced by the close proximity of primary colors to enliven the composition and increase the sense of direct observation and spontaneity.
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Young Woman Sewing
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed upper left: Renoir 79
- 61.4 × 50.5 cm (24 3/16 × 19 7/8 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection