Friday, October 30, 2009

Renior simply promotes the simplicity in life.

The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-Auguste Renior
1881, Oil on canvas, 129.5 x 172.7 cm (51 x 68 in.)
The Phillips Collection, Washington

Oh Renior, everyone loves you. First and foremost, I love Renior because he always paints happy things. Children, puppies, dancing, parties- the whole lot. Secondly, I love Renior because it's fun to say his name. You can't help but feel sophisticated when you say Renior. Say his name with a glass of wine in your hand and you are on the rise to greatness!

The Luncheon of the Boating Party is so charming. There are a few great things to point out. One, everyone is looking at someone else; no two people are making eye contact. What to make of that? For me I look at as a visual metaphor for love. So many people are looking everywhere for love, looking everywhere to find the "one", but no one ever stops and thinks, "Who is looking at me?" The Luncheon of the Boating Party shows this crowd of friends together, though everyone is in their own litte world. It's like a split second of individualism at it's finest- so clever. Second, Renior always paints people he knows and it just so happens that Gustave Caillebotte, the man who painted Paris Street Rainy Day, is sitting in the lower right corner. The lady looking at the dog is Renior's wife, but wasn't when he painted this. This painting is just full of secrets!

The Luncheon of the Boating Party is just typical Renior. Calm, happy, and sincere. What more could you ask for? Look at Renior's work when you want to take a breather from life and rest in the moment.

Renior simply promotes the simplicity in life.

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