Renoir was the greatest painter of women since, Rafael & he painted no woman as often as the great love of his life Madame Aline Charigot.
This seated bather from 1884 is my very personal favorite from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge. Isn’t she just absolutely lovely and charming ?
Today, they would call her BiG, but back then being plump (fat) was fashionable, a sign of good health. The ravishing details of the brushstrokes so lovingly applied on canvas.
No wonder why she is again and again his model for all his masterpieces
Set to the Ständchen (“Serenade”; the singer exhorts his lover to make him happy) from the Schwanengesang (“Swan song”) cycle, D.957, the title of a collection of songs written by Franz Schubert at the end of his life and published posthumously.