Renoir: Revered and Reviled

Great Britain, 2016, 1 hour 27 minutes

Director: Phil Grabsky

Genre: exhibition documentary

Known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is a world favourite artist. Yet he grew bored with his popular style and moved on to new challenges. The film examines the reasons behind the change and the severe reactions it elicits from the viewing public to this day. But love him or hate him, you cannot deny his influence, with those 20th century giants — Picasso and Matisse — both significantly influenced by Renoir’s new turn. This often stunning film, drawing from the 181 Renoir creations in the Barnes Foundation Collection in Philadelphia provides us with an engaging, new biography that tells the story of Pierre-Auguste Renoir — the man who served as a vital link between what was and what was to come.