Compare the Pair #20 | Every Picture Tells A Story

Original Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-August Renoir. Other, modern day representation and replication of the event by unknown photographer recreating image for The Age Good Weekend prize.

Pierre-August Renoir’s (1841-1919) Luncheon of the Boating Party stands as a famous joy-filled artwork which depicts a large party of friends enjoying a luncheon and afternoon dining spread on a balcony overlooking the River Seine.

  • In this painting, Renoir captured the effect of sunlight beaming through the striped awning. This diffused light is reflected upon the wine bottles, glasses and the bare arms of the men and women.
  • Renoir once said. “For me a picture should be a pleasant thing, joyful and pretty – yes, pretty!”.

In Luncheon of the Boating Party Renoir raised “pretty” to the level of masterpiece; and as a consequence; it must be said that, in this case, “every picture tells a story.”

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