Auguste Renoir

Fine Prints: Etchings and Drypoint Engravings


One of the founders of Impressionism and certainly one of its greatest masters, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919) was not a prolific printmaker, but he explored several different media, using each with considerable refinement.

His predilection for animated compositions of casual human figures, enjoying themselves in everyday leisure activities, are infused with a simple joie-de-vivre.

Renoir, Sur la Plage, drypoint

Auguste Renoir  (1841 - 1919)

Sur la Plage, Berneval

On the Beach, at Berneval

Delteil 5, Stella 5

drypoint, circa 1892, on laid paper, suffused with burr, apparently a rare impression of an undescribed early intermediate state of this print, one of his first and best known.

Auguste Renoir often spent summers at Berneval, on the coast in Normandy, near Dieppe, where he quickly sketched this charming scene.