Psychobiography with Dr. Gail Saltz: On Renoir with Barbara Ehrlich White


Renoir: An Intimate Biography reveals the life, work and character of one of the most intriguing of the Impressionists. Renoir became hugely popular for his work, which was optimistic, even joyful, despite the great obstacles Renoir faced: thirty years of poverty followed by thirty years of progressive paralysis of his fingers. Close friends who contributed money, contacts and companionship enabled him to overcome these challenges to create more than 4,000 paintings. Renoir had intimate relationships with fellow artists (Caillebotte, Cezanne, Monet and Morisot), with his dealers (Durand-Ruel, Bernheim and Vollard) and with his models (Lise, Aline, Gabrielle and Dedee).

Ehrlich White has made research on Renoir her life’s work. Since 1961, she has studied more than 3,000 letters relating to Renoir, and has gained unique insight into his personality and character. Her biography challenges common misconceptions surrounding Renoir’s reputation and provides an unparalleled and intimate portrait of this complex artist through images of his own iconic paintings, his own words and the words of his contemporaries.