Pierre Auguste Renoir painting “The Lodge” is one of his most famous works. Depicted in her pew, marked only a few elements, it is rather a decoration, setting for the main action.
In its genre, this work – a portrait, and a double. In the foreground, the artist has depicted a woman with a small pair of binoculars in one hand and an elegant handkerchief in the other. Behind it – a man who imposingly placed in a chair and carefully using a pair of binoculars is watching what is happening on stage. Interestingly, despite the fact that the artist has arranged these two figures next to each other, they seem quite alien and unsuited to each other.
In great detail Renoir painted ladies dresses, located in the theater box. Thoroughly discharged every fold of her dress made of cloth with a pattern of broad bands, pearl necklace around a graceful neck – all this creates an image of a beautiful and mysterious stranger.
Expression woman contrasts sharply with her brilliant dress: it looks very restrained and austere. View of a woman aloof and almost indifferent to what is happening: it is looking directly at the viewer, but her thoughts were somewhere far away, it is quite keen on the action on the stage. Details of a female toilet, carefully traced the artist, do not distract the viewer from the face of admiring women.
In this work, Auguste Renoir fully used his discovery: a combination of black and pearl colors. This creates the effect of a certain solemnity and theatricality. For the image of male artist posed his brother Edmond.
Year of the painting: 1874.
The dimensions of the painting: 80 x 63.5 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Gallery: Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.