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Pierre Auguste Renoir is one of the most prominent representatives of Impressionism, and he is the first of the artists in this direction became famous and achieved success. Meanwhile, all his life he tried to disown this genre, trying to prove his adherence to classical traditions and to achieve recognition of the official Salon. Most often he painted secular portraits and genre scenes, a special place in his work was occupied by female and children's portraits. Models for the artist often served as his wife Alina Sharigo and their common children. All these works are imbued with great love and warmth for the depicted.
At the very beginning of independent creativity, while working in the open air, Renoir accidentally met the artist Narsis Diaz, a Spaniard by birth, who was extremely popular in those years. The work of Diaz has always admired Pierre Auguste. Diaz, looking at the landscape painted by Renoir, was surprised: It was written very well, but why the hell do you write in such black color? It was at that moment that Renoir reconsidered his views on the palette of colors used - his paintings became much brighter and brighter even in the shadows, he basically stopped using black paint. The artist tried to capture the overflow of colors, the play of sunlight on objects and bodies, moving shadows and random color reflexes, the flickering of nature. Girls in black are a rare exception to the rule in the work of the author. This picture is one of the first where Renoir refuses small strokes crushed into details in favor of wide and calm, smooth lines, gradual transitions of one paint to another.
Now we can only guess what kind of girls are depicted in the picture and what their black outfits mean. What is it - stylish and fashionable dresses, schoolgirl uniforms, or temporary mourning for a departed relative? If you look at the picture closely, you can clearly see that there is no black color as such in the picture, and the dresses are actually dark blue. But were they really like that, or was the artist true to himself, refusing to pick up a tube of black oil? In detail examining the fabric of dresses, you can notice both greenish and burgundy highlights.
Two models are depicted from different angles. One of them is full-face, looks directly at the viewer, we can examine in detail its simple, touching features - almond-shaped eyes, small puffy lips. Hand girl pensively touches her face, either caressing herself, or trying to straighten her hair. The second heroine is written in profile and less carefully, only a neat nose and a shadow from long eyelashes attract attention. Both girls are dreamy and sad, both have nice hats, both are the perfect image of a young Parisian woman. The background of the picture is vague and not quite definable. Most likely, this is some kind of small restaurant or cafe, written in a generalized way, with wide, light strokes. Renoir admires his young models, incredibly artistic and cute.