Luncheon of the Boating PartyBook - 2007
Bestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world. Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoirs masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a cafe terrace along the Seine near Paris. A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoirs future wife, among others, share this moment of "la vie moderne," a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco-Prussian War. Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life. Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love, all the while facing issues of loyalty and the diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models and using settings in Paris and on the Seine, Vreeland illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, she paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs in a brilliant portrait of her own.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2007
Branch Call Number: VREELAN
Characteristics: xii, 434 p.,  p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm