Best known for portraiture, figurative work, and his series of voluptuous bathing women, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was among the first group of French Impressionist painters. Rejecting traditional methods of building paintings with layers of thin glazes, the Impressionists worked spontaneously to capture the fleeting effects of light using bright pigments, large brushstrokes, and thick impasto.
By the late 1870s, dissatisfied with the spontaneity of Impressionism, Renoir moved toward a more traditional, less experimental approach. By the 1890s, Renoir’s paintings recall the rich colour of Titian and Rubens and the sensual beauty of 18th-century French art. Renoir was celebrated in the early 20th century as one of the greatest modern French painters.
Considered to be one of Renoir's finest works, Luncheon of the Boating Party was completed in 1881 and is set on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise restaurant overlooking the Seine river at Chatou, outside Paris. Painting in bright, warm colours, Renoir demonstrates his usual mastery in capturing the effects of light diffused by the striped awning overhead, and - using the table-cloth as well as the white singlets of the two men in straw boaters - in reflecting this light throughout the whole composition.
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