The Skiff (La Yole)

The exact setting for this picture has not been identified, but it probably shows the River Seine at Chatou, to the west of Paris. Renoir painted a number of 'open air' boating scenes on the Seine during the 1870s.

In this example, the orange hue of the skiff against the blue of the river exploits the use of complementary colours. Since blue and orange are opposites on the colour scale, they become more intense when they are juxtaposed.

Key facts

Artist dates
1841 - 1919
Full title
The Skiff (La Yole)
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
71 x 92 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1982
Inventory number
Location in Gallery