Renoir: Revered and Reviled

Pierre Auguste Renoir, an accomplished artist from the early 20th century, was famous for his impressionist paintings of Paris.  His work spanned over five decades and during his last few years of life, he developed severe arthritis but this did not stop him.  He continued to paint with a brush tied to his wrist and developed a more bold and fluid style.


Art critics condemn the bold style of his later works while budding art students admire it.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The world of art is subjective and there really is no right or wrong, good or bad.  Art is art, an expression of the heart and soul.

So where do critics fit in all of this?  Perhaps they are like lemons, adding zing and a zesty tartness to life.  Their perspectives may make some people pucker and cringe while others taste nothing at all.  We always have a choice.  Renoir followed his heart and was true to himself.  He held nothing back when being authentic in his later works and courageously revealed his soul for the world to ‘see’.



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