The Luncheon (Le dejeuner) (c. 1879) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Luncheon (Le dejeuner) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c. 1879

Artwork Information

TitleThe Luncheon (Le dejeuner)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec. 1879
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions31 3/4 x 35 5/8 in. (80.5 x 90.5 cm)
Current LocationThe Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania

About The Luncheon (Le dejeuner)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’ is an impressionist masterpiece completed around 1881. The painting features a group of friends gathered on a balcony at a restaurant along the Seine River in Chatou, France. Renoir used figures, still-life, and landscape to create this vibrant work that captures the height of summer leisure.

The painting has become one of the most famous French paintings of modern times due to its impressive composition and beautiful color palette. Renoir was a French Impressionist painter renowned for his stunning depictions of Parisian modernity and leisure during the late 1800s. The Luncheon of the Boating Party combines those elements beautifully in one work.

Most of the models in the painting have been identified as friends or acquaintances of Renoir which offers insights into their social circle at that time. This particular piece is undoubtedly among the most visited, commented upon, and memorable paintings in The Phillips Collection today.

Overall, ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’ is an important piece that showcases not only Renoir’s skill as an artist but also his love for capturing moments in time with friends and family. With its intricate details and beautiful use of color, it continues to inspire art enthusiasts to this day.

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