La Loge, 1874
Oil on canvas
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Bequest, 1948
La Loge, 1874, The Courtauld Gallery, London
La Loge, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is one of most celebrated masterpieces of The Courtauld collection and one of the most important works of the Impressionist movement. Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at 'La Loge', places this painting at the heart of the exhibition to explore the making and meanings of this extraordinary work.
Theatre in Paris was a rapidly expanding industry during the 19th century, dominating the cultural life of the city. The theatre was an important place to see and to be seen. Wealth was flaunted; fashions paraded; allegiances made; and engagements announced.
In turning away from the performance, Renoir focused instead upon the theatre as a social stage where status and relationships were on public display.
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Renoir at the Theatre: the 2008 exhibition
VIDEO: Professor John House looks at La Loge in detail
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