La douleur passe mais la beauté demeure
dito a Matisse; citado em "Cahiers de l'Université" - Ed. 15-17, Página 166, de Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour, Groupe de recherche en sociologie de la littérature - Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour, 1988
Frases de Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Data de nascimento: 25. Fevereiro 1841
Data de falecimento: 3. Dezembro 1919
Outros nomes: Пьер Огюст Ренуар
Pierre-Auguste Renoir foi um pintor francês impressionista.
Desde o princípio sua obra foi influenciada pelo sensualismo e pela elegância do rococó, embora não faltasse um pouco da delicadeza de seu ofício anterior como decorador de porcelana. Seu principal objetivo, como ele próprio afirmava, era conseguir realizar uma obra agradável aos olhos. Apesar de sua técnica ser essencialmente impressionista, Renoir nunca deixou de dar importância à forma - de fato, teve um período de rebeldia diante das obras de seus amigos, no qual se voltou para uma pintura mais figurativa, evidente na longa série Banhistas. Mais tarde retomaria a plenitude da cor e recuperaria sua pincelada enérgica e ligeira, com motivos que lembram o mestre Ingres, por sua beleza e sensualidade.
A sua obra de maior impacto é Le Moulin de la Galette, em que conseguiu elaborar uma atmosfera de vivacidade e alegria à sombra refrescante de algumas árvores, aqui e ali intensamente azuis. Percebendo que traço firme e riqueza de colorido eram coisas incompatíveis, Renoir concentrou-se em combinar o que tinha aprendido sobre cor, durante seu período impressionista, com métodos tradicionais de aplicação de tinta. O resultado foi uma série de obras-primas bem no estilo Ticiano, assim como de Fragonard e Boucher, a quem ele admirava. Os trabalhos que Renoir incluiu em uma mostra individual de 70, organizada pelo marchand Paul Durand-Ruel, foram elogiados, e seu primeiro reconhecimento oficial veio quando o governo francês comprou Ao Piano, em 1892.
Citações Pierre-Auguste Renoir
La douleur passe mais la beauté demeure
„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.“
Fonte: 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.“
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 28 : Renoir's quote to Vollard referring to the Isle Grenouillere, where he painted in 1869, together with Claude Monet.
„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!“
Fonte: 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.“
Fonte: 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.“
Fonte: 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.“
Fonte: 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!“
Fonte: 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
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„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.
Tibballs Geoff, Geoff Tibballs (2012) The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes, p. 80
„They tell you that a tree is only a combination of chemical elements. I prefer to believe that God created it, and that it is inhabited by a nymph.“
— Pierre-Auguste Renoir, livro Renoir
Quoted in [2001, Jean Renoir, Renoir: My Father, New York Review of Books, New York, 9780940322776, https://books.google.com/books?id=RR8Mk2QrvyoC&pg=PA137, 137]
„What wonderful things [Renoir is reacting on Corot's painting 'Interior of Chartres Cathedral' and Delacroix's 'Interior of M. de Mornay’s house', – he saw in 1919 from his wheelchair, in the reopened painting-rooms of the Louvre]. There isn’t a single big picture worth any more than these two little ones... The Director [of the Louvre] was so charming to me. I wish I could have thanked him properly. If you meet him, tell him how much I enjoyed my visit. If I'd presented myself at the Louvre in my wheelchair thirty years ago, they'd have shot me out fast enough! You see, one has to live a long time to see such changes. I've been one of the lucky ones.“
December 1919, Renoir died
late quote of Renoir, c. 1919, in Renoir – his life and work, Francois Fosca, Book Club Associates /Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1975, p. 237
„. Here [ Guernsey ] people bath among the rocks which serve as cabins, since there's nothing else; nothing is more attractive than this mixture of women and men crowded on these rocks. One would belief oneself in a landscape by Watteau rather than in the real world. So I'll have a source of real and graceful motives which I will be able to make use of. Some enchanting bathing-costumes... Nothing is more amusing when one is strolling through these rocks, than to surprise young girls getting ready to bathe... Despite the small number of things that I'll be able to bring back [to Paris], I hope to be able to give you an idea of these charming things.“
In Renoir's letter to Paul Durand-Ruel, from Guernsey, 27 Sept, 1883; as cited in 'Renoir in Guernsey' (in 1883), text by John House http://museums.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=81297&p=0, Guernsey museum
„He [ Richard Wagner ] was very happy but very nervous [Renoir proposed him to paint his portrait]... In short, I think I spent my time well, thirty five minutes is not long, but if I had stopped sooner it would have been better, because my model [Wagner] ended up by losing some of his good humor, and he became stiff. I followed these changes too closely [in the portrait]... At the end Wagner asked to see it. He said 'Ah! Ah! It's true that I look like a Protestant minister.“
But I [Renoir] was very happy it wasn't too much of a flop: There is something of that admirable face in it'
Quote of Renoir, in his letter to a friend, 15 Jan. 1882; as cited in 'Pierre Auguste Renoir - Richard Wagner', text of museum D'Orsay http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/search/commentaire/commentaire_id/richard-wagner-11042.html?no_cache=1
At the beginning of 1882, Renoir was travelling in the south of Italy and visited Palermo where Wagner was staying. Renoir proposed a short sitting for the following day and Wagner agreed; he had just finished his 'Parsifal'.
„[ Bazille.. ] had not died romantically, galloping over a Delacroix' battlefield…. but stupidly, during the retreat, on a muddy road…. that pure-hearted gentle knight.. [quote, shortly after 1870, on the death of Bazille].“
as cited in Renoir, my Father, Jean Renoir; p. 124; as quoted in The private lives of the Impressionists, Sue Roe, Harpen Collins Publishers, New York 2006, p. 83 + 94
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 150 : Recalling the model Jeanne Samary.