Auguste Renoir (French, 18411919)
Oil on canvas; 32 x 25 1/2 in. (82.3 x 64.7 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.199)
Throughout his career, Renoir made the nude central to his art. Young Girl Bathing is a particularly fine example of the subject, highlighting the artist's maturity. The painting combines elements of the artist's earlier depictions of the nude as perfectly natural, from the 1870s, with the classical bearing seen in his nudes of the 1880s. The result emphasizes Renoir's belief that women may be seen as modern goddesses.