The Frick Collection
The West Gallery of The Frick Collection
Special Exhibition

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting
February 7 through May 13, 2012

Lecture Webcast

Lectures related to the Renoir exhibition were Webcast live. A list of upcoming and past lectures appears below; links will be added as they become available. The lectures will be available on The Frick Collection channel on

Lectures are free after 5:45 p.m.; no reservations are necessary but seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

Other Renoir Lectures

"Up and Down the Garden Path: Secrets of La Promenade Revealed," by Colin B. Bailey, The Frick Collection, and Charlotte Hale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.

The Frick’s Promenade is the most important Impressionist painting acquired by Henry Clay Frick. In researching this well-known work for the exhibition Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting, many technical and documentary discoveries were made. The curator and conservator who examined and studied Renoir’s iconic canvas will present some of their findings, casting light on Renoir’s first ideas for its subject and on changes he made to the composition.

Past Lectures

Link to all past lectures on

Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art: "Renoir and the Democracy of Fashion," by Aileen Ribeiro, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, March 28, 6 p.m.

The period after the fall of the Second Empire in France saw huge developments in the fashion industry, not just in haute couture, but also in the greater availability of ready-to-wear clothes and in the emergence of Paris’s shopping culture. More people than ever before expressed an interest in fashion trends, a phenomenon that was reflected in contemporary art and literature. This lecture explores some of the ways in which Renoir depicted fashion and fabrics in his paintings of the 1870s and 1880s.

"Renoir and the Woman of Paris," by Anne Distel, independent scholar, March 7, 6 p.m.

In characterizing Renoir’s art, Cézanne once said that his old friend had “painted the woman of Paris.” Cézanne’s insight provides the point of departure for this lecture, which takes a closer look at Renoir’s female figures.

"Fashioning the Mistress," by Gloria Groom, The Art Institute of Chicago, February 22, 6 p.m.

Between 1866 and 1872 Renoir featured his mistress Lise Tréhot in more than thirty paintings, ranging from small and intimate genre scenes to the full-length canvases that he exhibited. Tréhot, wearing the most up-to-the-minute fashions, served as Renoir’s calling card by advertising the artist as a painter of modern life, and especially of the fashionable Parisienne. This lecture will explore Renoir’s access and relationship to the burgeoning fashion industry and Tréhot’s collaborative role in helping to launch his artistic career.

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"Renoir’s Wall Power: Painting Large as an Impressionist," by Colin B. Bailey, The Frick Collection, February 8

Between 1874 and 1885 Renoir — unlike other Impressionists — produced large-scale works in both full-length and horizontal formats in which he explored the grandeur of Parisian life, leisure, and fashion. This lecture places these ambitious and iconic works in context and discusses some of the discoveries and insights gleaned during the preparation of the exhibition Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting.