The Philadelphia Museum of Art honors the work of French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir this season, with the groundbreaking show Renoir Landscapes, from October 4 through January 6. The exhibit, boasting more than 70 paintings, is divided into five themes — Landscape, Gardens, Cityscapes, Figures in the Landscape, and Travel Landscapes. Although Renoir is perhaps best known for his intimate and lovingly detailed portraits, he was also an accomplished landscape artist, as these images attest. The show encompasses landscapes from the early, middle, and late phases of the artist’s career, and reflect both Renoir’s travels and his acquaintances with other artists, including — famously — Monet and Alfred Sisley.
You can continue the Renoir experience with a trip to the Barnes Foundation, located approximately six miles from Philadelphia, in Merion. The Foundation has more than 180 Renoir canvasses in its permanent collection in addition to stellar works by Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Soutine. The Barnes Foundation is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September through June.