Bay of Naples, Evening

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Bay of Naples, Evening


Renoir's painting of Naples focuses on the bustle of daily life near the harbor. The scene is full of local flavor—characteristic Neapolitan boats, donkeys loaded with supplies, a woman carrying a burden on her head. In the distance, smoke issues from the mouth of the Mount Vesuvius, a volcano. Parallel strokes of paint structure the composition, with reds and oranges contrasting the purple and blue shadows and yellow and white buildings across the bay.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 22 13/16 x 31 13/16 in. (57.9 x 80.8 cm) Frame: 33 1/2 x 42 3/8 in. (85.1 x 107.6 cm)
Object Number 1955.587
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1933
Status On View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bay of Naples, Evening, 1881, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.587.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 22 May 1882; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1882–88, sold to Durand-Ruel, New York, 11 July 1888]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1888–94, sold to Davis, 23 Apr. 1894]; Erwin Davis, New York (1894–99, sold to Durand-Ruel, New York, 9 Apr. 1899); [Durand-Ruel, New York, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 9 Apr. 1899]; [Durand- Ruel, Paris, 1899–1933, sold to Durand-Ruel, New York, 2 Feb. 1933]; [Durand-Ruel, New York, sold to Clark, 3 Mar. 1933]; Robert Sterling Clark (1933–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.