Botticelli to Van Gogh

Learning Resource

A painting of a well dressed young woman sitting in a crowded theatre.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
At the Theatre [La Première Sortie]

1876–77

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. At the Theatre [La Première Sortie]. 1876–77. © The National Gallery, London


Look at Renoir’s painting and the sort of brushstrokes he used to capture the scene.

Think about artists roaming the popular haunts of big cities such as Paris in the late 19th century, and how exciting it would have been to try to quickly capture the bustling urban life.

Make a list of six words to describe the strokes and energy of the work.

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