Beyond the Frame
Beyond the Frame
Aug 13, 2021
Dance at Bougival, Pierre Auguste Renoir (1883)
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Pierre Auguste Renoir was a tale of rags to riches, and his modest beginnings could be the catalyst behind his success. Known for his celebration of colour, vibrancy, and the human candor, Renoir went from an artist struggling to pay for paint, to then turning that paint into tens of thousands of dollars.

Renoir channels the human experience in Dance at Bougival by candidly capturing the joy and freedom the dancers found at Bougival, perhaps a skill he learned in his former years, to find beauty in the smallest details.

HSBC proudly presents “Beyond the Frame” a look behind the bigger picture of some of the world’s most important Impressionist art. In this season we’re looking at the rebellion of the French Impressionists – it wasn’t all dreamy brushwork, but a movement that was rife with bravery, breaking stereotypes, and smashing perceptions.  

Across this series, we go back 150 years to discover some of the surprising stories behind 6 iconic impressionist artworks, -- one painting per episode.  Warning: this isn’t your usual art history series.

If you like what you hear in your “Beyond the Frame” experience, see these renowned artworks for yourself in the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly supported by HSBC. Open now until October 3. For tickets visit 

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