Renoir: Revered and Reviled

87 mins.
Directed by Phil Grabsky
NR
2016

Ticket prices are $16 for general admission, $12 for Members, and $9 for students (student tickets available only at the box office, not online).


Pierre-Auguste Renoir is best known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris.

Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed course.

This stunning film – based on the remarkable collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia – examines the direction he took and why it continues to provoke such strong reactions.

Some claim they are repulsed by Renoir’s later works and some claim they are seduced. What may surprise many is that among the many artists who sought Renoir’s new works out and were clearly highly influenced by them were the two giants of the 20th century – Picasso and Matisse.

The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant and, more than that, it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.