OIL PAINTING: Boating at Argenteuil, 1873
Renoir Landscape beautifully illustrates the rise of landscape painting as the dominant genre of the avant-garde one of the great dramas of 19th-century painting. Throughout art history, landscape paintings were considered less ambitious than history paintings or portraits. Between 1850 and 1900, however, artists like Renoir introduced exciting innovations in the art of landscape. Landscape paintings were increasingly in demand by middle-class patrons wishing to decorate their urban apartments with paintings of the countryside.