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.
„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
„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
„It gives my brain a rest, painting flowers. I don't feel the same tension as when I have a model in front of me. When I paint flowers, I put on colours and try out values boldly, without worrying about wasting a canvas. I wouldn't dare to do it with a figure; I'd be afraid of spoiling the whole thing. And the experience I gain this way is then applied to my pictures.“
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 196 : quote on painting flowers, to art-buyer George Riviere, who was watching a flower still-life of Renoir.
„About 1883 a kind of break occurred in my work. I had wrung Impressionism dry, and had come to the conclusion that I knew neither how to paint nor how to draw. In a word, I was at an impasse“
Benicka (1980) commented:
The frescoes of Raphael and the Pompeian murals that he saw there definitely confirmed what Renoir had begun to feel about his own art; that it was becoming too amorphous in character and was weak in design.
Fonte: ''Renoir'', by A. Vollard, Paris, 1920, p. 135; as quoted in: Corinne Benicka (1980) Great modern masters. p. 130;
„I wanted to tell you that in about 1883 there occurred a kind of break in my work. I had got to the end of 'Impressionism', and I had come to the conclusion that I didn't either how to paint or how to draw. In short, I had come to a dead end.“
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 175 : Renoir's remark to Vollard.
„What I like so much about Corot is that he can say everything with a bit of tree; and it was Corot himself that I found [back] in the museum of Naples – in the simplicity of the work of Pompeii and the Egyptians. These priestesses in their silver-grey tunics are just like Corot's nymphs.“
Fonte: 1880's, p. 164 : quote from Renoir's letter to Durand-Ruell, 1882, referring to a small painting with trees of the landscape-painter Corot
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„You haven't time to think about the composition. In working directly from nature, the painter ends up by simply aiming at an effect, and not composing the picture at all; and he soon becomes monotonous.“
(before 1880) As quoted in Renoir – his life and work, Francois Fosca, Book Club Associates /Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1975, p. 176
„It [his participating in the 7th exhibition of the Impressionists, combined with showing his work on the official Salon] isn't exactly a joy, but as I have said, it lets me out of the revolutionary side of the business, which I'm nervous of... It's a little weakness which I hope will be forgiven me [by the other impressionists]... Delacroix used to say, quite rightly, that a painter should win as many honours as possible.“
Quote of Renoir's letter to Durand-Ruel, end of Feb. 1882; as cited in Renoir – his life and work, Francois Fosca, Book Club Associates /Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1975, p. 172
„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.
„I studied a good deal in the museum at Naples; the Pompeian paintings are extremely interesting from every aspect. So I am staying in the sun – not to paint portraits but while I am warming myself and looking hard at things I hope I will have acquired some of the grandeur and simplicity of the old masters. Raphael didn't work out-of-doors, but he studied the sunlight all the same – his frescoes are full of it. So, by looking around outside, I have finished by seeing only the broad harmonies, and am no longer preoccupied with the little details, which only extinguish the sunlight, instead of increasing its brilliance. I hope therefore, when I get back to Paris, to produce something which will be the outcome of all these general studies, and to give you the benefit of them“
in a letter written during his three-weeks-stay, working with Paul Cezanne at l'Estaque, near Marseille
Fonte: 1880's, p. 169 in a letter to madame Charpentier, l'Estaque, January 1882
„Berthe Morisot was a painter full of eighteenth-century delicacy and grace; in a word, the last elegant and 'feminine' artists since Fragonard.“
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 175 : Renoir's remarks to Vollard, referring to the delicate painting-style of Berthe Morisot's, the only French woman-artist of Paris Impressionism.
„I'm struggling with flowering trees [in Spring 1881, shortly after his Algeria trip] and with women and children. I keep feeling regretful, all the same – I think of all the trouble I have given you for nothing, and I wonder how long you will put up with my womanish whims; and through all I keep seeing those pretty English girls [Duret invited him to visit England]. What a misfortune, always to be so undecided! But it's at the root of my character, and I'm too old to change.“
Fonte: 1880's, pp. 156-157 : a letter to Théodore Duret, March 1881
„I can manage very well with the first grubby backside [of the model] which comes along – provided I find a skin which takes the light well.“
Fonte: undated quotes, p. 150 : a quote from Vollard's book
„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'.
„There are scarcely fifteen art-collectors in Paris capable of liking a painter without the backing of the Salon. There are eighty thousands of them who wouldn't buy a thing from a painter who is not in the [Paris'] Salon. I am not going to be so foolish as to condemn a thing just because of where it happens to be. In short, I'm not going to waste my time bearing a grudge against the Salon – I don't even want to look as if I do. To my mind, one must simply paint as well as one possibly can – and that's all.“
Fonte: 1880's, pp. 127-128 : in his letter to Durand-Ruel (1880's), explaining his choice to participate in the yearly official Salon as well as in the Impressionist Exhibition in Paris, on the same time.
„I want to give something [a painting to museum The Luxembourg in Paris, c. 1910] I can't be sure of doing again. I could do ten more nudes like that one [a large nude painting, suggested by Georges Riviere], whenever I liked... This one turned out well. I don't think I'd be able to do that again.“
a remark to George Riviere, (c. 1910); as quoted in Renoir – his life and work, Francois Fosca, Book Club Associates /Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1975, p. 230