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wp-1595587538938.jpgYesterday we completed the Renoir painting we started the day before as well as a Blue Dog work of art.  It was the last day of camp for this group….Lincoln’s new Fan Club.  He loved this group and stuck his tongue out at me when I told him they would not be back today.  LOL!  Great work by these young artists!!!

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It seems that the only thing we saw on or visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art was Monet but that’s now true.  We saw many other wonderful painters work including Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  Here are a couple of them.

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The young art campers painted a “Renoir” yesterday at The Studio.  They did great on a really difficult painting.  All these young artists are terrific.  I love seeing how proud they are when their parents/grandparents have their work framed.  Keep Painting everyone!

Jed 1And today we celebrate Jed’s birthday.  Happy 9th Birthday sweet boy!

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Happy Birthday Renoir

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Renoir Self-PortraitRenoir self-portrait-1875I missed wishing Renoir a Happy Birthday yesterday.  We shouldn’t let the day pass without recognizing his wonderful talent.  “Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Viene, France, the child of a working-class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to his being chosen to paint designs on fine china. Before he enrolled in art school, he also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.”  Read more about Renoir here.

What strikes me most now about Renoir is all that I have read about his late life when he developed rheumatoid arthritis but continued to work by strapping brushes to his hands when he could no longer hold them.  Amazing!

Here are three pictures of Renoir.  A photograph taken near the end of his life.  The others are two self-portraits (selfies!)..one from 1875 and the other in 1899.

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Greg Jecmen reviewing what were seeing

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Degas pastel

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Degas Pastel

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Degas Charcoal Drawing

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Renoir study for the Country Dancers

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Degas Charcoal and Pastel Study of Jockeys

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Close-up of jockey 1

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Close-up of jockey 2

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Degas Charcoal and Pastel Horse and Jockey study

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Degas Charcoal Horse Study

Yesterday morning we had a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at the  National Gallery of Art and visit with Gregory Jecman, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Drawings.  He pulled some drawings and pastels by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and Morrisot that we were allowed to examine up close.  It was a rare experience.

We were amazed to see the detail of the work so close up.  The National Gallery offers many programs like this that a free for the asking as long as you make an appointment in advance.  For art lovers it is a must!  Here are the wonderful Degas’ and a Renoir that we saw yesterday.  There was so much to see that I will share the other things we saw in the next few days.

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Happy Birthday Renoir!

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Renoir painting in later years with brushes tied to hand

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, oil, 51″ x 68″, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

** Pierre Auguste Renoir  was born February 25, 1841 in  Limoges, France.  He was a French painter  and one of the central figures of the impressionist movement (a French art movement of the second half of the nineteenth century whose members sought in their works to represent the first impression of an object upon the viewer). His work is characterized by a richness of feeling and a warmth of response to the world and to the people in it.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919) “Girl with a Watering Can”  oil on canvas  41”x29” Painted in 1876 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919)
“Girl with a Watering Can”
oil on canvas
41”x29”
Painted in 1876
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women.

Renoir was so passionate about painting that he even continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis. Renoir then painted with the brush tied to his wrists.

** This information from “The Complete Works” website.  Click on Renoir’s name above to read and see more.

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Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

I spent a delightful afternoon leading a tour group from The Village at Orchard Ridge to the National Gallery of Art in DC yesterday.  We made the trip to see the wonderful Andrew Wyeth exhibit, “Looking Out- Looking In”.  The exhibit closes the end of November and if you haven’t seen it yet you MUST go take a look.  Amazing watercolors with a limited palette.  Wonderful!

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. "Lady with a Dog", oil on cardboard, 1891

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. “Lady with a Dog”, oil on cardboard, 1891

Auguste Renoir, "Mlle Charlotte Berthier", oil on canvas, 1883

Auguste Renoir, “Mlle Charlotte Berthier”, oil on canvas, 1883

We had some time to see a lot more art and I will share more with you this week.  Here are two we saw in the Impressionist Galleries by Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.  Of course, they caught my eye because they had pups in them.  🙂

 

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Art Camp Week 1 copy of Renoir's Girl with Watering Can

Art Camp Week 1
copy of Renoir’s Girl with Watering Can

The first session of Art Camp ended yesterday with the young painters completing a beautiful copy of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s, (1841-1919) “Girl with a Watering Can” , painted in 1876 and now at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919) “Girl with a Watering Can”  oil on canvas  41”x29” Painted in 1876 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919)
“Girl with a Watering Can”
oil on canvas
41”x29”
Painted in 1876
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

These artists were not deterred by the large size we decided to paint our “masterpiece” and they all did extraordinary work.  Great job girls!  It was a pleasure painting with you this week.

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copyright - Getty Images: Paul J. Richards, AFP

copyright – Getty Images: Paul J. Richards, AFP

I love reading any story about someone who buys a masterpiece at a thrift shop or garage sale or about stolen art that is recovered but this particular story was of interest as it happened just down the road from where we live.  We have been following it since it was first reported.

Purchased for $7 because she liked the frame, Marcia “Martha” Fuqua learned later that she had an original Renoir.  You would think she had hit the jackpot but it is not turning out that way.

Read the whole story on this link.

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Phillips LuncheonOne of the most beautiful examples of impressionism is “Luncheon of the Boating Party” painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).  Painted in 1880-81 in oil on canvas, it was acquired by Duncan Phillips in 1923 for $125,000.  It is the anchor piece of The Phillips Collection in Washington DC.  Read more about the painting here.  The Phillips offers a cell service for hearing about some of their paintings.  You can call 202-595-1839, wait for the prompt and put in #75 to hear more about this beautiful painting.

This past weekend I spent some time at The Phillips enjoying some of the wonderful art that Phillips collected.  (Read more about The Phillips Collection here.) If you ever have an opportunity to see his collection make the time.

 

Phillips OutsideHoused in his wonderful old house (that has been expanded over the years) right off of DuPont Circle in DC, it offers wonderful examples of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism as well as Modern Art.  Make the trip.

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