A Nymph by a Stream

The model for this painting was Lise Tréhot, who was Renoir's frequent model and companion during these years. She also posed for the presumed companion to this painting, 'Woman of Algiers' (Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art), in which she is depicted reclining on her back and clothed in a rich oriental costume.

Here, Renoir associates the female nude seen in nature with the forces of nature itself, represented by the stream near which she lies.This was a traditional theme in French art, and in the mid-19th century it was also explored by such artists as Ingres and Courbet.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1841 - 1919
Full title
A Nymph by a Stream
Date made
1869-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
66.7 x 122.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1951
Inventory number
NG5982
Location in Gallery