Young Girls at the Piano (La Leçon de piano) , ca. 1889. Pierre August Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Oil on canvas. Joslyn Art Museum.
Young Girls at the Piano combines more exact drawing with the warm tones of Renoir’s earlier Impressionism. Here the glowing palette, the obvious affection of the two girls for one another, and their absorption in the music, as well as the comfortable surroundings, produce a reassuring image of domestic well-being.