Renoir at the Theatre

Looking at the Loge

Ernst Vegelin Van Claerbergen and Barnaby Wright

Renoir at the Theatre

Ernst Vegelin Van Claerbergen and Barnaby Wright

Distributed for Paul Holberton Publishing

128 pages | 9 1/2 x 11
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781903470732 Published March 2020 For sale in North America only

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s La Loge (The Theater Box), 1874, is one of the masterpieces of impressionism and a major highlight of The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. Its depiction of an elegant couple on display in a loge epitomizes the Impressionists’ interest in the spectacle of modern life. At the heart of the painting is the complex play of gazes enacted by these two figures. In turning away from the performance, Renoir focused instead upon theater as a social stage where status and relationships were on public display.

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