Mujer con sombrilla en un jardin
c1873 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was started by Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kaszon, a German who rather conspicuously gained his Baron status in Hungary. His son, Baron Hans Heinrich, married Carmen Cervera who encouraged him to give up the collection for the sake of its future through Spain. The collection varies incredibly and, despite its company in Madrid, the gallery is well worth a visit. Mujer con sombrilla en un jardin embodies the beauty of naturalistic impressionism; lush greens mix the palette of the painting, carried across the canvas in the wonderful movement of Renoir’s brush strokes. We are truly outside in this painting, surrounded by abundant nature. The atmosphere is conveyed with highlights picked out by the sun, in the reaching heads of the flowers and the iridescently bright blades of grass; then, just beyond the head of the ‘mujer’, we are given just a few daubs of brilliant blue sky.