berneval

Breakfast at Berneval (1898). Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919). Oil on canvas.

Renoir’s son Jean chats with the nursemaid Gabrielle, while Pierre reads in the foreground. Here we see children playing a more active role in the household. This exemplifies the importance that Renoir placed on the interaction of children in the home, as well as on their intelligence and personal desire to learn.