Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chicago Museum of Art: Renoir's "Chrysanthemums"

First, I really tried to find a Renoir painting of pilgrims and turkeys.   I know that turkey may not have been on the menu that first Thanksgiving.  Regardless, I was unable to find a single Renoir with either a pilgrim or turkey.  What was he thinking? to serious things! 

Renoir writes that when he paints flowers, he lets his brain rest.  He went on to explain that with a model, he felt tension trying to capture the moment.   That doesn't exist with flowers.

Here, he just works on the color tones and doesn't worry about losing the image/moment with a model

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