1. Pierre Auguste Renoir's sketch of Venice, Italy, is an example of the lighter palette typical of the Impressionists. The rainbow colors of this rough sketch are bright, relatively unmixed, and complementary.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, French, 1841–1919. The Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1881. Oil on canvas. The John R. Van Derlip Fund.
2. Pierre Bonnard considered himself "the last of the Impressionists." The influences of Impressionism can be seen in the open brushstrokes, light, and intense color. Unlike most Impressionists, Bonnard drew or photographed his subjects, and later painted his canvases in the studio.
Pierre Bonnard, French, 1867–1947. Dining Room in the Country, 1913. Oil on canvas. The John R. Van Derlip Fund © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
3. Typical of the Impressionists, the shadows on the house in the foreground of this painting by Renoir are shown not by using thinned black paint, but by using colors, in this case a wash of blues, yellows, and browns.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, French, 1841–1919. Tamaris, France, c. 1885. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Mrs. Peter ffolliott.