This picture on the theme of the theater is not the first among the lists of works by Pierre Auguste Renoir. The plot is based on a girl watching a theatrical performance, she is the largest figure on the canvas. Renoir loved to portray women in his works, so each woman is depicted as a beautiful, gentle and young creature.
The girl’s bright, almost white face is directed towards the stage in such a way that only her profile is visible to the viewer. The face expresses concentration and surprise. Slightly broken lines depict the hair of a young individual of a dark brown shade, mixed with blue, yellow and orange strokes. The girl’s hair is removed in a hat consisting of a white and blue strip of fabric. According to the peculiarities of impressionism, the elements of the picture do not have a single color, but contain bold strokes, consisting of a variety of shades. The girl's dark blue dress with bluish blotches encircles her sitting figure, and the sleeves expand to the side of the hands.
In the background, we can see a lot of spectators, extremely vaguely depicted. People’s faces and clothes are transmitted using careless strokes. In the foreground, among a crowd dressed in black clothes, one can see the face of a man whose gaze is directed towards the girl. Slightly above it you can see the totality of spectators, the contours of which are extremely fuzzy, and the figures are pulled up and curiously curved. A golden curved arc separates the audience from the room itself. The abundance of colors, the peculiarity of the curvature of the figures, the lack of clearly marked faces and poses conveys the turmoil, mobility and excitement of the audience before the upcoming performance, while the main character is depicted as static, but tense.
Painting Maki Monet