Renoir: intimacy brings together more than 60 works by the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir  loaned from museums and private collections around the world. They have been selected by Guillermo Solana, artistic director of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, with the aim of revealing the importance of tactile values in Renoir’s work. Referring to that aspect of the artist, his son Jean Renoir wrote: “He looked at flowers, women, clouds in the sky as other men touch and caress.”

In contrast to purely visual Impressionism, Renoir’s canvases emphasise tactile sensations, a characteristic evident throughout his career and in all the genres he encompassed, from portraits to nudes, group scenes, landscapes and still lifes.

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