Renoir at the Theatre

Looking at the Loge

Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Barnaby Wright

Date Published :
February 2008
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Series :
The Courtauld Gallery
Illustration :
80 illustrations
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir's La Loge (The Theater Box), 1874, is one of the masterpieces of impressionism and a major highlight of The Courtauld Gallery's collection. Its depiction of an elegant couple on display in a loge epitomizes the Impressionists' interest in the spectacle of modern life. At the heart of the painting is the complex play of gazes enacted by these two figures. In turning away from the performance, Renoir focused instead upon theater as a social stage where status and relationships were on public display.

About The Author

Barnaby Wright is The Courtauld’s Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art.

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