Saturday, April 12, 2008

Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

Yesterday artist Jay Rolfe went to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The signature painting of the collection, acquired in 1923, is Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party." It was painted by Renoir in 1880-1881. It was painted at the Restaurant Fournaise in Chatou, and includes Renoir's fiance and future wife Aline Charigot in the front left. In the front right is Gustave Caillebotte the painter. Most of the other sitters have been identified as friends of Renoir. For a full history and even an identification of all the people in the painting, click on this link to the Phillips Collection website.

The painting is very large for an impressionist painting, almost six feet wide and over four feet high. The colors are rich and vibrant. Jay Rolfe has seen many reproductions of this painting, but none do it justice - in person the painting is magnificant!

This is the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's signature style, his innovative 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at

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