Luncheon of the Boating Party
Luncheon of the Boating Party is a European artwork painted in 1880-1881 by French Impressionist, Pierre Auguste Renoir. In traditional Impressionist style, Renoir depicted a scene from modern life and based it in a place he knew well - the Restaurant Fournaise. Chatou was one of Renoir's beloved settings and Luncheon of the Boating Party is a romanticized portrait of his friends enjoying a Sunday afternoon on the balcony of the restaurant. His intention was to take a normal scene and create a modern day party that portrayed the youth and beauty of his friends. The arrangement of Luncheon of the Boating Party represents a relatively new Impressionist movement as well as the changing character of French society due to the industrial revolution. Renoir craftily uses shape, space, color and texture to create the scene he imagined. The figures and bottles add shape to the canvas and the overlapping of bodies gives a sense of space, giving this painting world-wide recognition. Particle-
Initially when I glanced at this portrait, I instinctively thought, “wealth.” The feel of the painting, to me, was warm and inviting, portrayed through the vibrant and crisp colors. A multitude of observations passed through my mind as I began to focus on the details of the painting. I became more aware of something deeper than that of a leisurely gathering. I noticed the mixing of the classes immediately according to the dress style, which led me to question the time frame of this picture having not known the date it was painted at the time. The gazes on the peoples’ faces, their focus, their lush surroundings, and strangely the only individual in the entire painting that was actually interacting was a woman sitting alone on the left side of the table. She is painted as if she is oblivious to her surroundings, the company, and completely absorbed in giving affection to a little wiry-haired dog that is perched on the fine linen table. And too,...
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