Pierre Auguste Renoir ( 1841-1919 ) was a French impressionist painter. As a child he worked in a porcelain factory in Paris, painting designs on china. However at the age of 17, he copied paintings on fans, lamp shades, and blinds.
I can almost hear the chitter-chatter, the ethereal wind; the painting seems almost alive. The first thing that caught my eye was the lady at the table, holding a dog, Renoir's future wife, Aline Charigot. The painting depicts a group of Renoir's friends relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise along the Seine river in Chatou, France. The painter and art patron, Gustave Caillebotte, is seated in the lower right.
|The luncheon of the boating party, 1880-1881|