Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chicago Museum or Art: Paintings: Renoir's Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise

Painted about 1875, Renoir did this piece in Chatou, west of Paris on the Seine.The setting is the terrace of a restaurant on an island in the river.  It was, as the placard says, a popular meeting place for recreational rowers.

Renoir was friendly with the owners of the restaurant.   One of the subjects has been identified as Monsieur de Lauradour, a regular at the restaurant.   He is the figure at the far left.

I very much liked the details of the glasses and bottles. 

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