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The Happiest Picture Ever Painted?
Thanks for the art lesson, and yeah, the painting definitely makes me wish I could be at that party. I have a book of Edward G. Robinson's art collection ... apparently he was a pretty knowlegable collector.
By: Tom Sightings on August 5, 2016
This is a stunningly beautiful piece of art. The lighting is incredible. I've learned in taking pictures, the light is EVERYTHING. You work with it, or it works against you. It's that simple. R
By: Rick Watson on August 5, 2016
Yes, I have been there twice to see it and it touched me each time like a light spring breeze with the smell of flowers. It is one of my favorites!!
By: Tabor on August 5, 2016
It's very vivid. Unusual sense of depth.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 5, 2016
Beautiful. It would be nice to join that group for a fun afternoon.
By: messymimi on August 5, 2016
By: fishducky on August 5, 2016
I've never seen this painting, but now I would like to do so. If I've seen a happier painting, I don't know what it could be (this one is a hell of a lot more cheerful than Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters). I've seen some paintings that I didn't want to leave. I wanted to stare at Frida Kahlo's wedding portrait of herself and Diego Rivera for the rest of my life. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 5, 2016
By: cranky on August 5, 2016
at one time, i had a picture puzzle of it. i enjoyed putting those faces together. nice to know the story behind it.
By: TexWisGirl on August 5, 2016
Not a fan of Impressionism, but even I want to have lunch with the boating party.
By: Val on August 5, 2016
Well in my limited experience ...no. I do agree with you that the happiness comes out in this picture.
By: red Kline on August 5, 2016
That's a great painting. I hope they didn't have to stand around posing for that.
By: PT Dilloway on August 5, 2016
When I saw the happiness of those people, I couldn't help but think of the coming horror of WWI. Crap. I just depressed myself.
By: Al Penwasser on August 5, 2016
I definitely felt a little happier looking at the picture. I also think your words helped as well. Thanks for sharing, Stephen.
By: Mr. Shife on August 5, 2016
It is a happy painting, indeed. I can almost hear the humming and laughter of the conversation!
By: Pixel Peeper on August 5, 2016
I love this painting and consider it one of the best works during this era. It really is a scene of a carefree moment in these peoples' lives and I also wish I were there. You know they are a lot more fun than the aristocrats. The use of colour just captures so much as well. I had no idea that Renoir's later works are not popular and what a shame that the art world can be so fickle. I wish they would put more of his works out rather than some of the modern crap they call profound. I saw a stencilled word in blue..the word "blue" in the middle of a white canvas...big whoop di do.
By: Birgit on August 5, 2016
It is a happy vibe. I've seen it a few times and always think of what a grand party that would have been. I love your "art history" posts. They are are delight.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 5, 2016
Looks like an idyllic lunch party! I am envious. As for paintings disappointing in real life, I remember my disappointment on seeing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. If it hadn't been for the ropes keeping people at bay and the small crowd clustering around in an otherwise empty gallery I could easily have walked past without a second glance :(
By: Botanist on August 5, 2016
I never cared for art history when I had to take it but you make learning about these painting interesting.
By: Ellen Abbott on August 6, 2016
It is quite the happy scene. I am always in awe of artists of this magnitude...so brilliant...When I can see past the brush strokes and the painting becomes real it is fascinating to me This painting is fabulous.
By: on August 6, 2016
Yes, it takes me right back to similar times in my youth when life was uncomplicated. Now I want to see it in person. I did not know that about Renoir's later years. How sad the decline with aging is for the well known either artist, entertainer or athlete.
By: Arkansas Patti on August 6, 2016
I dunno, that dog looks pretty spooked to me. I can't say I like the painting that much but I can see it's very well painted.
By: LL Cool Joe on August 7, 2016
I don't think I have seen this, but now I want to go see it. I've not been in the National Gallery in decades--although I have been at the MET and Chicago Art Museum more recently.
By: Sage on August 7, 2016
I think this is a wonderful painting, and very vibrant and happy, as you describe... My first thought though, it looked like she was going to kiss the dog, like my Auntie does! I would love to see one or two paintings, but I know the travel will pretty much eliminate the chance. I will have to enjoy books and comments by a certain chatty gent... Cat
By: Cat on August 7, 2016
Another of his works (The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette) has similar attributes. Link:http://artpaintingartist.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/The-Ball-at-the-Moulin-de-la-Galette-by-Pierre-Auguste-Renoir.jpg
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 7, 2016
I love this painting for its color, light, composition...and playfulness. It is full of people smiling and gazing fondly at someone who in turn is looking away at a third person. So I don't know whether Renoir is playing a trick on them, or on us, or just celebrating life.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on August 8, 2016
fabulous painting- happy people and I love those close ups of his brush strokes- I want to be in that painting also!
By: Kathe W. on August 12, 2016
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