The Reader aka Young Woman Reading by Pierre Auguste Renoir
Oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 21 1/2 in
Currently in the private Collection of Paul G. Allen
When Renoir painted La Liseuse he was about to participate in his final Impressionist exhibition, after which he would return to the official Salon and finally enjoy lasting financial success. By 1877, Renoir had nearly reached the place in his career where he could paint portraits wholly because he loved to do so, not merely because portraits are much easier to sell than landscapes.