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Reclining Nude, c. 1892

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas
13 x 16-3/8 in. (33.0 x 41.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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The female nude was Renoir’s most enduring subject; he painted several hundred in the final decades of his career. This lovely example invokes a classical tradition of equating the female body with landscape and the timeless cycles of nature. The nude’s graceful curves rhyme with those of the hillside. A glimmering patch of blue suggests the sea far below.

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