La Loge

La Loge (Eng:The Theatre Box) is an 1874 oil painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is part of the collection at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.[1]

The Theatre Box
French: La Loge
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ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions80 cm × 63.5 cm (31 in × 25.0 in)
LocationCourtauld Gallery, London

The painting depicts a young couple in a box at the Paris theatre. The woman was modelled by Nini Lopez, Renoir's new model who would feature in fourteen of his paintings over the next few years. The man was his brother Edmond, a journalist and art critic. Going to the theatre was as much about being seen as watching the performance and whilst the woman is making her presence obvious, her companion is scanning the audience through his opera-glasses. [2]

La Loge was included in the Impressionists’ first group exhibition in 1874, where reaction was mixed. It was subsequently shown in London in an exhibition organised by his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, making it one of the earliest Impressionist paintings to be shown in England, but did not sell at either exhibition. It was bought the following year by the dealer ‘Père’ Martin for 425 francs. [3]


  1. ^ Vegelin van Claerbergen, Ernst; Wright, Barnaby, eds. (2008). Renoir at the theatre: looking at la loge, The Courtauld Gallery, ISBN 978-1-903470-73-2
  2. ^ "Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Theatre Box". The Daily Art magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Renoir at the theatre: looking at la loge". Courtauld Institute Galleries. Retrieved 15 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
External video
  Renoir's La Loge, Smarthistory.