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Young Woman Sewing

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Pierre-Auguste Renoir
French, 1841-1919

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.


On View, Gallery 201


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Young Woman Sewing


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed upper left: Renoir 79


61.4 × 50.5 cm (24 3/16 × 19 7/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

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