I ain’t gonna lie to you bros, when I look at awesome art like this, it makes me upset I am not a good painter or drawer.  Like, I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler!  So seeing a piece like this, and how it’s painted get me all excited.  Yeah it kind of bums me out I can’t do things like this, but I can definitely enjoy the feelings and colors he was putting down.  That’s some pretty-ass colors!!

August 1: Chatou & Ile des Impressionnistes

After painting the lively dance hall girls and bordello scenes from Montmartre, Renoir decided to look for a more tranquil spot to paint.  He came to Chatou, a picturesque village on the banks of the Seine.( just a 20 min train ride from Paris).  In Chatou, the Seine divides leaving a lush island now called the “Island of the Impressionists”.  Pictured in many Renoir paintings is the Maison Fournaise, a waterfront establishment served as a meeting point for impressionists Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, and Camille Pissarro.

We had a lovely walk along the island’s wooded trail with picturesque scenes of the Seine and the bridges of Chatou on both sides.  The Fournaise Museum was intimate and we walked inches from the many Renior paintings as if we were in his home.  Although we were too late to dine of the Maison Fournaise terrace pictured many Renoirs, the colorful, elegant patio was a treat to see.