The Body, The Senses

Edited by Esther Bell and George T. M. Shackelford; With contributions by Colin B. Bailey, Esther Bell, Martha Lucy, Nicole R. Myers, Sylvie Patry, and George T. M. Shackelford, and a conversation between Lisa Yuskavage and Alison de Lima Greene

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A revelatory and wide-ranging exploration of Renoir’s extraordinary depictions of the nude and their important artistic legacy

Best known as part of the influential vanguard of Impressionist artists that experimented with new painting techniques in the late 19th century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was deeply inspired by classical traditions and returned again and again to the canonical subject of the nude. Tracing the entire arc of Renoir’s career, this volume examines the different approaches the artist employed in his various depictions of the subject—from his works that respond to Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne, to his late, and still controversial, depictions of bathers that inspired the next generation of artists. Eminent scholars not only look at the different ways that Renoir used the nude as a means of personal expression but also analyze Renoir’s art in terms of a modern feminist critique of the male gaze.
Offering the first-ever comprehensive investigation of Renoir’s nudes, this beautifully illustrated study includes approximately 50 works, including paintings, pastels, drawings, and sculptures. The book also features an interview with the contemporary figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage that considers Renoir’s continuing influence and the historical significance of the female nude in art.

Esther Bell is Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator of the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. George T. M. Shackelford is deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX.


Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

“[An] intelligent, always lucid catalogue”—David Carrier, Hyperallergic 

“[a] gorgeous catalogue”—Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker

“tactility is one of the senses referred to in the show’s title, and capably defended in the catalog”—Roberta Smith, New York Times
ISBN: 9780300243314
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Clark Art Institute
264 pages, 9 x 10 3/4
110 color + b/w illus.
Inspiring Impressionism

The Impressionists and the Art of the Past

Edited by Ann Dumas; With Xavier Bray, Michael Clarke, John

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Renoir in the Barnes Foundation

Martha Lucy and John House

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Impressionism and Full-Length Painting

Colin B. Bailey

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Faces of Impressionism

Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay

George T. M.

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The Brothers Le Nain

Painters of Seventeenth-Century France

C. D.

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The Early Years

George T. M.

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