Renoir and Friends
Eliza E. Rathbone (Author), Mary Morton (Contributor), Sylvie Patry (Contributor), Aileen Ribeiro (Contributor), Elizabeth Steele (Contributor), Sara Tax (Contributor)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s renowned and evocative Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880–1881) portrays a convivial gathering of friends and acquaintances. The subjects of the painting were people Renoir knew; fellow artists, journalists, critics, collectors, models, and actors. For the first time, this volume examines in detail Renoir’s subjects and working methods through the deconstruction of this painting, now one of the jewels of The Phillips Collection, in Washington D.C.
Renoir and Friends explores Renoir’s masterpiece, analysing elements of the painting itself, photographs, and contextual works by Renoir and fellow artists including Gustave Caillebotte, Edgar Degas, Léon Bonnat, and Édouard Manet. Essays by leading scholars draw out information about the subjects, including collector Charles Ephrussi and Renoir’s future wife Aline Charigot. They discuss what the inclusion of these characters in the painting tells us about Renoir’s working practice and look at how the artist created a painting with universal appeal whilst remaining convincingly specific. This beautifully illustrated volume contains over 100 color images of works by Renoir and his contemporaries, as well as a bibliography and an index.
Publisher: D. Giles, Ltd.
Hardcover: 144 Pages
Publication Date: October 31, 2017