Renoir and Friends

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir is a marvel of plein-air painting on a grand scale. I love this painting, even creating my own replica!

A replica of Luncheon of the Boating Party painted by Marie Wise.

To celebrate all things ‘Renoir’, the Phillips Collection Museum in Washington DC featured 40 works by Renoir in October, November and December of this year (2017). How I’d love to see this wonderful show. Alas, I live clear across the country. So I’ll have to celebrate privately!

Joining me in my celebration is my best buddy Renoir. Yes, I named my dog after the artist Renoir! specifically Monsieur Renoir, a magnificent beast of a golden retriever who captured my heart at two months old and hasn’t let go. He’s now five, and loves dressing up with his Mom to pose for photos–not!

Renoir and Friends starring Marie Wise and her dog Renoir
Renoir and Friends starring Marie as Aline Charigot and Renoir as her dog

#RenoirandFriends

Here I am with my favorite best buddy in #RenoirAndFriends (and dogs). I am Aline Charigot and Renoir is the dog. Do you see the similarities? 

We posed  in front of my replica of Edouarde Manet’s singular masterpiece ‘Bar at the Folies Bergere. Pierre Renoir and Edouarde Manet were both Impressionist painters, acquaintances, possibly friends, and probably rivals in late 17th century Impressionist Paris . 

Aline Charigot and her dog, as seen in the original painting.

Renoir’s painting ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’, celebrates the joie de vivre of an afternoon luncheon with artist, patrons, models and friends.

Enter Aline Charigot, the lady on the left with the flowered hat and little doggy. That’s me! She later became Renoir’s wife, thus has a special place in this painting. She was my muse for this photo celebration.

Can you feel the connection? I can, given I have always believed I was born in the wrong country and the wrong century. La Belle Epoque, Paris, French painting, and all things Impressionist. That’s where I should be. Renoir agrees, although he’d follow me anywhere.

My #RenoirandFriends (and Dogs) Photoshoot

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Renoir and Friends starring Marie Wise and her dog Renoir
Checking out that lady at the bar….
Renoir and Friends starring Marie Wise and her dog Renoir
Smiling for the photographer
Renoir and Friends starring Marie Wise and her dog Renoir
Kissing my mom, just like in the painting!
Renoir and Friends starring Marie Wise and her dog Renoir
And afterwards, going for the treats!