Frasi di Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Data di nascita: 25. Febbraio 1841
Data di morte: 3. Dicembre 1919
Altri nomi: Пьер Огюст Ренуар
Pierre-Auguste Renoir [pjɛʁ oˈgyst ʁəˈnwaʁ] è stato un pittore francese uno tra i massimi esponenti dell'impressionismo.
Frasi Pierre-Auguste Renoir
„Resto al sole non tanto per eseguire dei ritratti in piena luce, ma per scaldarmi e per osservare. Così, a forza di vedere l'esterno, ho finito con l'accorgermi solo delle grandi armonie senza più preoccuparmi dei piccoli dettagli che spengono il sole anziché infiammarlo.“
„Per me, un dipinto deve essere una cosa amabile, allegra e bella, sì, bella. Ci sono già abbastanza cose noiose nella vita senza che ci si metta a fabbricarne altre. So bene che è difficile far ammettere che un dipinto possa appartenere alla grandissima pittura pur rimanendo allegro. La gente che ride non viene mai presa sul serio.“
„Com'è difficile capire nel fare un quadro qual è il momento esatto in cui l'imitazione della natura deve fermarsi. Un quadro non è un processo verbale. Quando si tratta di un paesaggio, io amo quei quadri che mi fanno venir voglia di entrarci dentro per andarci a spasso.“
da una lettera all'amico Paul Bérard
„Sono andato a vedere le opere di Raffaello a Roma: sono molto belle e avrei dovuto vederle tanto tempo prima. Sono piene di erudizione e di saggezza. Raffaello non cercava, come me, le cose impossibili, ma è bello.“
da una lettera all'amico Paul Durand-Ruel
„Quando, immersi nel silenzio, sentiamo tutt'a un tratto squillare il campanello, abbiamo l'impressione che il rumore sia molto più stridente di quanto lo sia effettivamente. Ebbene! Io cerco di far vibrare un certo colore in modo così intenso come se il rumore del campanello risuonasse in mezzo al silenzio.“
„I am still going through an experimental stage. I'm not happy, and I keep scrubbing out and scrubbing out again. I hope this mania will pass... I'm like the children at school; the clean page has to be filled with good writing, and splash – a mess! I'm still making messes and I'm forty years old.“
Origine: 1880's, p. 169 : quote from Renoir's letter to his art-seller Durand-Ruel, 21st November 1881
„.. to express himself well, the artist should be hidden... The trouble is that if an artist knows he has genius, he's done for. The only salvation is to work like a labourer, and not have delusions of grandeur.“
Quoted in: Raymond Durgnat (1974) Jean Renoir: Raymond Durgnat, p. 370
„It was a perpetual holiday – and what an assortment of people. You could still enjoy yourself in those days! Machinery didn't take up the whole of life; there was time for living, and we made the most of it... I found as many magnificent girls to paint as I wanted; in those days one wasn't reduced to following a little model around for an hour and then being treated as a disgusting old man at the end of it.“
Origine: undated quotes, p. 28 : Renoir's quote to Vollard referring to the Isle Grenouillere, where he painted in 1869, together with Claude Monet.
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„Landscapes are useful to a figure painter, too; out-of-doors one uses colours one would never think of in the weaker studio light. But landscape painting is a thankless job; you waste half a day for the sake of one hour's painting. You only finish one painting out of ten, because the weather keeps changing. You start work on a sunlight effect and it comes on to rain – or you had a few clouds in the sky, and the wind blows them away. It's always the same story!“
Origine: undated quotes, p. 196 : on painting landscape in open air, to art-buyer George Riviere.
„Shall I tell you what I have seen in Venice? Right – here goes. Take a boat along the Seine to the Quai des Orfevres, or opposite the Tuileries [Paris] and you will see Venice. For the Museums, go to the Louvre, For Veronese, go to the Louvre,- but not for Tiepolo, whom I didn't know; only it is a bit dear at the price. No – that isn't true; it is very, very beautiful, when the weather is fine. The lagoon and San Marco – splendid; the Doges' palace, splendid. As for the rest, I'd rather have Saint German l'Auxerrois.“
Origine: 1880's, p. 159-160 : in a letter to madame Charpentier, Autumn 1881
„Out-of-doors there is a greater variety of light than in the studio, where the light is always the same. But that is just the trouble; one is carried away by the light, and besides, one can't see what one is doing.“
Origine: undated quotes, p. 176 : to Vollard. Renoir was referring to two of his landscapes, painted in the open air, having a different look in the studio light.
„He Corot was always surrounded by a crowd of fools and I didn't want to get caught up in it. I admired him from a distance.“
Origine: undated quotes, p. 12 : Renoir's remark to Vollard referring to the pre-impressionist landscape-painter Camille Corot.
„How wonderful the Doges' palace is! That pink and white marble must have been a bit cold at first, but it was magical for me, seeing it gilded by several centuries of sunlight! And the basilica of San Marco! That was what converted me from those cold Italian Renaissance churches.... as soon as one goes into San Marco one feels one is in a real place of worship – that gentle filtered light and those magnificent mosaics and the great Byzantine Christ with the grey aureole! If one hasn't been in San Marco it is impossible to imagine the beauty of heavy pillars and columns without any moulding!“
Origine: 1880's, p. 161-162 : (1882), in a letter to Vollard
„What are we supposed to do [reacting furiously on art-critic Jules Castagnary who proclaimed the so-called new School of Impressionism, 29 April 1874 in the Paris journal 'Le Siècle'] about these stupid literary people who will never understand that painting is a craft! You make it with materials, not ideas! The ideas come afterwards, when the painting is finished.“
As quoted in The private lives of the Impressionists Sue Roe, Harper-Collins Publishers, New York, 2006, p. 127
„For me, a painting must be a pleasant thing, joyous and pretty - yes, pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life for us to fabricate still more.“
As quoted in: Faber Birren (1965) History of color in painting: with new principles of color expression. p. 284-5
To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.
As quoted in Luncheon of the Boating Party (2007) by Susan Vreeland
„Alas I shall very probably not be able to dine with you [madame Charpentier who frequently had receptions in Paris which Renoir frequently visited]. I began a portrait this morning; I begin another this evening, and it is extremely likely that I shall have a third to do afterwards. If I have to stay for dinner, and begin tomorrow, all these people will go away, and my head is in a complete muddle with them.“
in a letter to madame Charpentier, c. 1876; as quoted in Renoir – his life and work, Francois Fosca, Book Club Associates / Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1975, p. 80
„Give me that palette.... those two woodcocks.... turn this one's head to the left.... give me back my palette.... I can't paint that beak.... Quick, some paint.... change the position of those woodcocks…“
quote from a letter written by Félix Fénéon, published in 'Le Bulletin des artistes' 15th December 1919
this quote is expressing Renoir's last painter-remark, 30 November 1919, three days before he died.
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