‘Renoir: Revered and Reviled’ at Towngate in Wheeling Dec. 28-30

WHEELING — Exhibition on Screen presents a fascinating film about Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the world’s most divisive artists. “Renoir: Revered and Reviled” will be shown Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre.

Although he was known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris, Renoir grew weary of this style and changed course. This beautiful film, based on the incredible collection of 181 Renoir works at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, explores the direction he then took and why it continues to cause such extreme reactions.

Some people feel repulsed by Renoir’s later works, while others actually feel seduced. Many might be surprised to learn that two leaders of 20th century art — Picasso and Matisse, were highly influenced by these new Renoirs.

The film is a fresh biography of this artistic giant but more than that it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.

Show times are 7pm Friday, December 28, 4 and 7pm Saturday, December 29 and 2 and 4pm Sunday, December 30.

Tickets for all screenings can be purchased at the door and are $7 per person. Box office opens one hour prior to each screening. You can purchase beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy at all Towngate movies.

The film is part of “Exhibition on Screen,” which is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema.

A church turned theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and is part of the nonprofit Oglebay Institute. Towngate offers entertainment almost every weekend.

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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