Renoir Retrospective: Promise of Happiness at The Seoul Museum of Art

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Renoir - Dance in the CountrySEOUL, KOREA — The largest exhibit of  Pierre-Auguste Renoir artworks ever to be held in Korea is being shown at the Seoul Museum of Art, now through September 13, 2009.

The premier retrospective, entitled Renoir: The Promise of Happiness, features 118 works, including 70 oil paintings and sketches by the French Impressionist. The exhibit focuses on the artist’s most well-known works arranged around central themes like Bathers and Nudes, Images of Women and Happiness of Daily Life.

Renoir, known as an artist who never painted tragedies, followed the philosophy, “A picture has to be something pleasant, delightful and pretty.” In the 5,000 oil paintings he completed during his lifetime, Renoir desired to convey joy – a world where the viewer would forget their worries and experience true happiness.

Renoir once said, “Painting should be the gift of joy to clear the soul,” – do you agree? What is your creative philosophy?

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