The Milliner

Auguste Renoir French

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Renoir’s slice-of-life street scene provides just enough detail to allow us to identify his young model as an apprentice milliner. Indicative of her junior status as a trottin or trotteuse (an errand girl or assistant), she is shown toting a hat box in front of a millinery shop, its colorful array of finery set in contrast to her demure dress and the simple rose adornment in her hair.

The Milliner, Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer), Pastel on paper

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