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The painting 'The Luncheon of the Boating Party' by Renoir is my third favorite painting. I admire this book for its attention to detail in learning how Renoir chose his subjects (for the painting); for their character and history. The facts put forth in the book give new meaning to the painting and allow one to feel personally connected.
I'll finish this review when I have finished the book. Let it be known that reading this book gives me great pleasure and knowledge.
Sep 6, 2007
I EXPECTED MORE FACTUAL, HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND WAS DISAPPOINTED (ESPECIALLY AFTER READING HER OTHER BOOKS) THIS WAS ACTUALY A "FICTIONALIZED" ROMANCE STORY -
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-19 Imagining the banks of the Seine in the thick of la vie moderne, Vreeland (Girl in Hyacinth Blue) tracks Auguste Renoir as he conceives, plans and paints the 1880 masterpiece that gives her vivid fourth novel its title. Renoir, then 39, pays the rent on his Montmartre garret by painting "overbred society women in their fussy parlors," but, goaded by negative criticism from Emile Zola, he dreams of doing a breakout work. On July 20, the daughter of a resort innkeeper close to Paris suggests that Auguste paint from the restaurant's terrace. The party of 13 subjects Renoir puts together (with difficulty) eventually spends several Sundays drinking and flirting under the spell of the painter's brush. Renoir, who declares, "I only want to paint women I love," falls desperately for his newest models, while trying to win his last subject back from her rich fiance. But Auguste and his friends only have two months to catch the light he wants and fend off charges that he and his fellow Impressionists see the world "through rose-colored glasses." Vreeland achieves a detailed and surprising group portrait, individualized and immediate. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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