It's 100 for 100. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its centennial year with an exhibit of works by 100 masters on loan from institutions across Canada and a few making the trip up from galleries in Minnesota.
is taking a sneak peek at what will be in the show before it opens with the help of curatorial assistant Ali King:
Amongst the Impressionists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir had perhaps the most distinctive painting style, and was regarded as their most typical figure painter. However, in the 1880s he adopted a more linear style, as is evident in this picture.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le concert, 1918-1919. Oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (WAG)
One of his greatest skills was in creating immediately engaging scenes, often due to his choice of women and children as subjects.
He would sometimes have his models attired in costumes, painting them in colourful and decorative interiors, as evidenced here in one of his final works.
In the last two decades of his life, the crippling effects of arthritis and stroke-induced paralysis necessitated strapping his paint brushes to his wrist.
In Le concert
this is seen in the loose brushwork and the fluidity of the pigment. In this elegant composition, the paint's application appears almost effortless, although at this stage it took Renoir enormous effort even to hold a brush. 100 Masters: Only in Canada opens May 11 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.