The Painter's Garden

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From the late 1880s Renoir suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. As his condition worsened, his doctors advised him to spend more time in the warm climate of the south of France. In 1907 Renoir bought a property in Cagnes, called Les Collettes. This is a view of the garden. Renoir's hasty and expressive brushstrokes suggest the bright sunshine and joy of a warm summer's day. Renoir's property at Les Collettes was extensive. It consisted of five and three-quarter acres, and had 145 olive trees, orange trees, rosebushes and a farm. Renoir had a villa constructed, which took a year to build. Besides bedrooms for family, servants and guests, this villa had two indoor studios, a dining room, a living room, an office and all the modern conveniences like central heating and plumbing.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


The Painter's Garden




oil on canvas


H 33.2 x W 46 cm

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bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944

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