At the Concert
Oil on canvas
By 1880, the year in which At the Concert was painted, Renoir had begun to acquire a reputation for painting portraits of members of middle- and upper middle-class society in Paris, particularly portraits of beautiful women and children in lavish surroundings like those shown here. Although they are not identified in the title, the sitters may be the wife and daughter of Edmond Turquet, the French undersecretary of fine arts. A male figure, probably Turquet himself, once appeared in the top right-hand corner of the painting. If you look carefully, you might see the shape of the man’s head and shoulders reappearing like a ghost through the red curtain.
This work is currently traveling abroad as part of the Clark's international tour.