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Renoir’s boating scenes

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Yes, it is a justly famous painting, exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

It is called The Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir from 1881.

It’s an incredible painting that includes landscape, portraits, and still life elements…all set on an outdoor verandah with a cheerful striped awning on a summer’s day. But there is a less well-known Renoir called The Rower’s Lunch of 1875 (The Art Institute of Chicago) which is also worth a second look, also painted at Maison Fournaise. It is softer, with fewer figures and the latticework offers its own framing devices. Renoir painted other boating scenes but these are my favorites.

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Public historian; working w/ small businesses/college students/interfaith groups.

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