“The Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919) radiates the intimacy, color and command of form that elevated him to the Impressionist movement’s forefront. It depicts a group of his friends, including his future wife, on the balcony of his favorite restaurant, the Maison Fournaise. A gathering place for many social classes, Renoir captured its friendly atmosphere with technically proficient brushstrokes, subtle shading and light, and expressive facial details.
Pierre Auguste Renoir’s (1841 – 1919) art celebrates life’s temporal pleasures, the ‘here and now’ of his time, more than any other Impressionist artist. Preferring to paint his friends and lovers, his masterful depictions of their candid facial features and body stances convey the youthful spirit and intimate charm that ignited the feeling of an Eden of earthly pleasures. His portrayal of luminous color, skillfully varied brushstrokes, nuances of light and shadow all worked together to form a warm sensuality that made him a leader of the Impressionist movement.