View of Bougival

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)
View of Bougival, 1873
Oil on canvas
19 1/2 × 22 1/2 in. (49.53 × 57.15 cm)
Gift of Jane Bradley Pettit M2001.161
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Currently on View

View of Bougival epitomizes the characteristics that would come to define Pierre Auguste Renoir’s special contributions to the Impressionist movement. The blue lavenders of the foreground shadows, the rich salmons accented on the staircase, and the ochre oranges of the skiffs along the shore would become favored colors in Renoir’s work. The ambiguous flirtation of the man and the woman, who seem to be deciding between taking a boat or a stroll, presages many of Renoir’s later boating scenes of couples tentatively moving towards romance.

Publication History
Eblouissants reflets: cent chefs-d'oeuvre impressionnistes. Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 2013, p. 149, cat. 48, color illus.

de Butler, Augustin et al. Renoir Between Bohemia and Bourgeoisie: The Early Years. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, April 1 - August 12, 2012. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012, p. 173. cat. 26. color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, June 2007, no page number, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, February 2004, no page number, color illus.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 22, 68, cat. 28, color illus. p. 22.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, May/June 2002, p. 6, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Hidden Treasures: Wisconsin Collects Painting and Sculpture. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1987, p. 34, 99, cat. 38, b/w illus. p. 34.
Exhibition History
Reflected Colour: Impressionism and the Water's Surface, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France, May 17–September 22, 2013.

Renoir. Between Bohemia and Bourgeoisie: The Early Years, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland, April 1–August 12, 2012.

Renoir's Landscapes 1861–1883, National Gallery, London, England, February 21–May 2, 2007; National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada, June 8–September 9, 2007; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn., September 30, 2007–January 6, 2008.

Renoir/Renoir, Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France, September 26, 2005–January 9, 2006.

Impressionists of the Seine: A Celebration of the Boating Party, Phillips Collection, Washington, 1996–1997.

Renoir, Kunsthalle, Tubingen, 1996.

Hidden Treasures: Wisconsin Collects Painting and Sculpture, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 11–November 1, 1987.

Renoir, Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1950.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.