Luncheon of the Boating Party

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Le déjeuner des canotiers
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Luncheon of the Boating Party - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Year1880–1881
TypeOil on canvas
Dimensions129.9 cm × 172.7 cm (51 in × 68 in)
LocationThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
 
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For Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise (The Rowers' Lunch), the 1875 painting by Renoir with the same theme and location, see Maison Fournaise.
Le déjeuner des canotiers
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Luncheon of the Boating Party - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Year1880–1881
TypeOil on canvas
Dimensions129.9 cm × 172.7 cm (51 in × 68 in)
LocationThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881, French: Le déjeuner des canotiers) is a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It was purchased from the artist by the dealer-patron Paul Durand-Ruel and bought in 1923 (for $125,000) from his son by Duncan Phillips.[1] It is now in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

Description[edit]

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. Renoir's future wife, Aline Charigot, is in the foreground playing with a small dog. On the table is fruit and wine.

The diagonal of the railing serves to demarcate the two halves of the composition, one densely packed with figures, the other all but empty, save for the two figures of the proprietor's daughter Louise-Alphonsine Fournaise and her brother, Alphonse Fournaise, Jr, which are made prominent by this contrast. In this painting Renoir has captured a great deal of light. The main focus of light is coming from the large opening in the balcony, beside the large singleted man in the hat. The singlets of both men in the foreground and the table-cloth all work together to reflect this light and send it through the whole composition.

Subjects depicted[edit]

Detail of Ellen Andrée drinking from a glass in the center of the composition

As he often did in his paintings, Renoir included several of his friends in Luncheon of the Boating Party. Among them are the following:[2]

Cleaning controversy[edit]

The 1954 restoration by Sheldon and Caroline Keck of Luncheon of the Boating Party has generated a long-running controversy. The ArtWatch UK Journal 19 (Autumn 2002) [3] quoted the art critic Alexander Eliot's recollections as Time's art critic at the time, when he repaired one day to The Phillips Collection:

The campaigning body ArtWatch International has drawn attention to the cleaning of this picture, which it regards as unnecessary and having resulted in a loss of tone. The ArtWatch UK Journal 22 (Autumn 2007) [4] quoted Sheldon Keck from his work 'Some Picture Cleaning Controversies: Past and Present' (1984):[5]

Popular culture references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicolas Pioch, WebMuseum, Paris
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ reprinted in the Journal number 22, qv.
  4. ^ at page 33
  5. ^ Keck, Sheldon (March 1984). "Some Picture Cleaning Controversies: Past and Present". Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 23 (2): 73–87. 
  6. ^ Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: http://www.worldofepicmovies.net/edwardg.htm. Retrieved May 17, 2010
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

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