Nude Seated on a Sofa
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“I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it.”

It’s not just something your pervy artist uncle says after too much wine, it’s actually the real-life motto of one Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

This painting, known as Nude Seated on Sofa or Female Nude (Anna) is indicative of Renoir’s penchant for painting plump young pretties sans petticoats. Little is known about young Anna but it is believed that she is the same model used for Renoir’s ill-received Nude in the Sun. Likely a seamstress, Anna was around 19 when Renoir painted her two nudes between 1874-1876. Though I think she looks fine as hell, critics definitely disagreed. One critic said of Nude in the Sun that he wanted to “Try to explain to M. Renoir that a woman's torso is not a mass of decomposing flesh.” I guess the #RenoirSucksAtPainting movement started long before Instagram and Twitter were a thing.


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One contemporary art critic called Renoir's nudes 'abundantly fleshed.' We think 'stunningly beautiful' works even better.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Female Nude (Renoir, 1876)

Female Nude is an 1876 painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, also known as Nude Woman Sitting on a Couch, Anna (after its model), After Bathing and Pearl.

Now in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, it was in Emmanuel Chabrier's collection until 1896, when it was bought by the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. Two years later Durand-Ruel sold it on to the Moscow businessman Pyotr Shchukin for 15,000 francs, though its new owner dared not exhibit it in his gallery and so kept it in his bedroom for fourteen years before selling it to his brother Sergei in June 1912. The Soviet state seized the work in 1918 and exhibited it in the 1st Museum of New Western Painting, then the State Museum of New Western Art and finally in its present gallery from 1948 onwards.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Female Nude (Renoir, 1876).