Young Woman Reading an Illustrated Journal
Young Woman Reading an Illustrated Journal, ca. 1880
Oil on canvas
46.4 x 57.1 cm (18 1/4 x 22 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 22.125
(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
Nineteenth-century Parisians were avid consumers of illustrated journals. Renoir’s intimate painting of Aline Charigot, a young dressmaker who later became his wife, shares its focus with a newspaper spread of fashionable figures. Closely cropping the view, Renoir partially conceals his model’s face but captures her profile. He highlights the tone of her skin by opposing its warmth with the cool blue and white of the journal’s pages. Matching his brushstrokes to the textures of her costume and brilliant red hair, he then beckons viewers to the curve of her armchair and invites them to read over her shoulder.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
Weidemeyer, Susan E. and Amy R. Peltz. “Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity.” Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 2012.
Rathbone, Eliza E., Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party. Washington, D.C.: The Phillips Collection, 2017.