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Renoir and intimacy Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

From October 18th until 22nd January next year, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will host one of the most anticipated art events in the capital. It is the largest retrospective on the work of French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) held to date in Spain, with the name "Renoir: intimacy".

It will not be the first retrospective of the great Impressionist painter in our country, because Prado Museum organised an exhibition dedicated to "Pasión por Renoir" back in 2010. However, the sample from Thyssen-Bornemisza, curated by Guillermo Solana, the artistic director of the museum, will double the number of works that were exhibited there.

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Thus, more than 75 paintings will travel to Madrid before going to Bellas Artes de Bilbao Museum, where they will remain there until 15th May 2017. The works come from institutions such as the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, London's National Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles and New York's Metropolitan.

The exhibition focuses on the tactile sensations of Renoir's paintings that emerge over different eras encompassing his entire artistic career. These paintings are compared to "pura visualidad" or "pure visuality" that characterises his artistic peers of Impressionism. All genres typical of the work of French painter, in his portraits, as in group scenes or landscapes and still lifes are able to capture an air of social, family or friendly intimacy through the warmth of its brushstrokes, textures and volumes and the proximity to convey their characters.

The exhibition is structured according to a thematic route that runs through five different sections, such as impressionism, portraits, landscapes, domestic scenes and family and bathers. His impressionistic stage, between 1869 and 1880, includes iconic works of the painter including Después del almuerzo (1879), a study of Le Moulin de la Gallete (1876) and La Promenade (1879).

As for the portraits, such iconic paintings include the work of Charles and Georges Durand-Ruel (1882), portraits of his wife, reflecting Aline Renoir breastfeeding her baby (1915) and his daughter Coco eating soup (1915). The quality display of these paintings can be seen in the gallery of the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The exhibition is completed with a landscaped painting of Renoir reflecting the view from the Normandy coast and the English Channel together with his friend Cézanne who represented the Provencal mountain of Santa Victoria, without forgetting the bathers, in idyllic countryside scenes in which the painter delights us with portraying shapely nude women.

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