Reclining Nude, 1883
August Renoir (French, 1841–1919)
Oil on canvas; 25 5/8 x 32 in. (65.1 x 81.3 cm)
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (2003.20.12)
Nudes and the grand tradition of classical art preoccupied Renoir in the 1880s. In this painting, he paid homage to Ingres' Grande Odalisque (Musée du Louvre, Paris), although he transformed Ingres' cool courtesan into a healthy, pink-cheeked girl, and the harem into an Impressionist landscape reminiscent of the Channel coast.