Luncheon of The Boating Party Painting Review and Analysis
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was a French painter who did most of his work following the Impressionism Movement of art. Pierre was born on 25 February 1841 in Limoges Haute-Vienne in France. Pierre liked beauty and fashion, and in expressing this, most of his works were both nude or clothed women and people having fun. Luncheon of the Boating Party is one of this, which shows a party underway on a balcony at Maison Fournaise.
Also know as Le Dejeuner des Canotiers, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party was created in 1880. It is oil on canvas painting, created under the Impressionism art movement. Currently, Phillip Collections located in Washington, District of Columbia own it. This piece is one of the many Renoir paintings illustrating a group of friends or family having fun. The setting of this painting is on a balcony in Chatou at the Maison Fournaise. Young men and women of various ages have gathered and are eating and drinking. On the table, there are fruits of various kinds and glasses of wine. Most of the men are in vest and hats, probably to spell out that the season was a hot afternoon during summer.
On the far left foreground of the painting is a young and beautiful lady playing with a puppy. This is later confirmed to be his future wife Alaine. The act of separating Alaine from the rest of the group shows that Renoir had something in mind and that Alaine was not just any friend. He also enhanced her looks by using brighter colors on her clothes, and a well-designed hat. Alaine is not engaging herself in the flittering going on; instead, she focuses all her attention on the puppy.
History has it that Renoir first knew about Chatou in 1868, and immediately liked it and become a regular customer of the place. In his paintings, he did more than thirty pieces about the place, Luncheon of the Boating Party being the commonest of them all. It is also stated that, Renoir had seen and became inspired by other artists who had done similar pieces like The Marriage Feast at Cana done by Paolo Veronese and Jean-Antoine Watteau’s Embarkation for Cythera. These two pieces show people in gatherings having fun.
It is said that Le Dejeuner des Canotiers took Renoir six months to finish, and has since been widely used in decoration of living rooms and offices. Renoir is renowned for being a creative artist in drawing women bodies, giving them curves and shapes that either ridiculed or praised them. Some of the nudities he did include The Nude on the couch, The Nude in the Sunlight and The Bather among others. He is also know for painting young children with the famous of the being The Girl with a Watering Can. Of the many paintings of places he did, The Luncheon of the Boating Party is the widely known. It is set on a Balcony in Maison Fournaise showing a couple of his friends having fun.
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