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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A CULTURAL MORNING

Susie and I went to the Musée d’Orsay this morning, the grand museum fashioned out of what was once a train station.  I am not much for museums, I confess, but this one has a special place in my heart, in part because it was there, several years ago, that we heard an exquisite performance of Allegrhi’s Miserere by the Tallis Singers, one of the truly great experiences of my life.  The d’Orsay’s collection of Impressionist paintings is of course world famous.  Surrounded by masses of tourists [Paris has overcome its terrorist attacks and is again the premier destination in the world for tourists], I took these IPhone shots of a pair of famous paintings by Renoir.  I am not sure you can see it in my amateurish pictures, but the treatment of the dresses by Renoir is breathtaking.


Dance in the City:



Dance in the Country



7 comments:

s. wallerstein said...

I've always wondered about this Renoir painting, entitled Luncheon of the Boating Party.
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/asset/-/mgHsTKDNJVzPAg?hl=es&ms=%7B%22x%22%3A0.5%2C%22y%22%3A0.5%2C%22z%22%3A8.424053958045574%2C%22size%22%3A%7B%22width%22%3A2.021941838592232%2C%22height%22%3A1.2374999999999993%7D%7D

Who are the people portrayed? Are they rich kids who boat for sport or fun on weekends or
working class boaters? Who are the flirtatious women? The rich kids' girl-friends?
Working class women dressed up on Sunday? Prostitutes?

Maybe someone who knows more about Renoir or about 19 century France can help me with the answers.

The painting is amazing, in any case.

Jerry Fresia said...

s. wallerstein....go here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_in_the_Country

s. wallerstein said...

Jerry Fresia,

Thanks.

David Palmeter said...

Luncheon of the Boating Party is at the Phillips Collection in Washington. I haven't been there in a few years, but it is stunning to see it. Most of the characters have been identified and they were friends or associates of Renoir--a seamstress as well as a wealthy art dealer.

Apparently the restaurant is still in existence--on the Seine, downstream from Paris.

Jerry Fesia's link is to another Renoir painting. Here's the link to the Boating Party:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luncheon_of_the_Boating_Party

s. wallerstein said...

David Palmeter,

Thank you too.

I found the link to the Boating Party in the Wikipedia page Jerry Fresia linked to.

The woman with the small dog in the foreground is Renoir's future wife.

It is, as you say, stunning.

Thomas Hofweber said...

Tallis singers, or Tallis Scholars? If the latter, they are coming to NC next April to give a concert in the Duke Chapel, which is also a great place to hear them.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Tallis Scholars, my mistake. I must go!