Renoir is the painter of the divinized mundane. All is nymph and spirit, ordinary and typical. Impressionism is romantic realism. It is Catholic art, art of the God-man. Renoir’s art is unmediated perception, giving it a quality of pure authenticity.
“The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.” –Pierre Auguste Renoir
“Young Girls at the Piano”
Wavy hair unfurling softly,
Notes of grace are flowing awfully.
Faces fine and gently gazing,
Eyes that glide with voices praising
Look to God in simple truth.
France and England differ so:
Tensions thick from long ago.
Frenchmen stop to feel the breeze.
English raindrops fall and freeze.
“Girl Combing Her Hair”
Beauty simple, beauty fair
Beauty resting, beauty rare.
Combing gently, combing hair.
Combing softly, lost in prayer.
“Gabrielle and Jean”
Children, women smile and play;
Men at “work” have gone away.
Love is far the better part
Found in Baby’s face and art.
David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.
“They tell you that a tree is only a combination of chemical elements. I prefer to believe that God created it, and that it is inhabited by a nymph.” –Pierre-Auguste Renoir