the seine at chatou

art history meme • [2/9] paintings: pierre-auguste renoir - le déjeuner des canotiers (Luncheon of the Boating Party)

The painting, combining figures, still-life, and landscape in one work, depicts a group of Renoir’s friends relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise along the Seine river in Chatou, France. The painter and art patron, Gustave Caillebotte, is seated in the lower right. Renoir’s future wife, Aline Charigot, is in the foreground playing with a small dog. On the table is fruit and wine.

At the Seventh Impressionist Exhibition in 1882, the painting generally received praise from critics. “It is fresh and free without being too bawdy,” wrote Paul de Charry in Le Pays, March 10, 1882. In La Vie Moderne (March 11, 1882), Armand Silvestre wrote, “…one of the best things [Renoir] has painted… .” [x]

André Derain (France 1880-1954)
La rivière - Après-midi d'été Bords de Seine à Chatou hiver - Summer Afternoon, Bords de Seine at Chatou, Winter (1904-1905)
oil on cardboard 74 x 90 cm

Maurice de Vlaminck (France 1876-1958)
Berges de la Seine à Chatou - Banks of the Seine at Chatou (former title given by the artist ‘Les Platanes in Chatou’ 1906
oil on canvas 59 x 80 cm