Happy Birthday, Pierre-Auguste Renior

“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”

 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Threater Box
“The Theater Box Pierre” Auguste Renoir [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 

Bal du moulin de la Galette
“Bal du moulin de la Galette”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Swing
“The Swing” Pierre Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 “-last words about painting, age 78… I think I’m beginning to learn something about it.”    Pierre-Auguste Renoir

15 Comments

  1. Liz

    What an amazing part Renoir has to play in the history of art – we have so much to thank him for, and so much to thank you for with yet another brilliant post, dear friend 🙂

  2. Resa

    Happy Birthday Renoir!
    You are my eyes, as I don’t see, too, well.
    You are my Rebecca, who has seen to your birthday card.
    It seems you are something I see. Hmm?
    Happy Birthday, dear soul!

    1. Clanmother

      What a beautiful benediction to this post. I have a special attachment to Renior. When I visited the 5th floor of the Musee d’Orsay I had an epiphany. It was a painting by Renoir that captured my heart. I started to cry when I realized that, in all my busyness and urgencies, I had neglected the creativity and beauty around me. That was when I decided to pause and consider this thought;

      “Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.’ Pierre-Auguste Renoir

      1. Resa

        Understood!
        There is no like or dislike when I show street art. I am an equal opportunity presenter. How dare I say … I don’t really like this, but..But nothing! Yes, sometimes a certain piece hits me stronger than others. Nonetheless, here it is, and how does it make you feel?
        The Impressionists are a favorite of mine, and I understand your tears.
        Prints and on line photos of art can never live up to experience of seeing a work in real life.

  3. Ms Frances

    “I think I am beginning to learn something about it”. Age 78. Truly an outstanding role model. I took time to look at the detail of the people talking and having fun together (and so many of them). It must have taken a lot of effort and creativity to add so much detail. Thank you for sharing his paintings–what treasures!

    1. Clanmother

      Renoir’s love of community and shared experiences is reflected in his art work. I agree wholeheartedly – every painting is a treasure. Age and physical weakness did not dampen his enthusiasm. May the same be said of us… Thank you for your comments – very much appreciated.

    1. Clanmother

      Thank you, my dear friend. Renoir holds a special place in my heart. His love of life comes through every one of his paintings. I admire his philosophy and appreciate his creative genius. His voice speaks through his art work – and we still listen long after he has passed!

  4. ernstblumenstein

    ein genialer Malter mit einer überzeugenden Philosophie. Vor allem seine Bemerkung ” Kunst ist Emotion” – muss sie erklärt werden, ist sie nicht länger Kunst ! Haben Sie eine gute Zeit.
    Ein lieber Gruss Ernst

    1. Clanmother

      Ich stimme voll und ganz. Renoir hatte eine mavelous Weise Schönheit in einem komplexen und schwierigen Welt zu zeigen. Ich bewundere seine Philosophie und schätzen seine kreativen genuis. Seine Stimme spricht durch seine Kunstwerk . Die Leute hören noch lange, nachdem er bestanden hat. Haben Sie ein wunderbares Wochenende, Alles Gute für Sie und Ihre Familie.

    1. Clanmother

      You and I are walking the same path and singing the same joyous song together. When I was reading a little about Renoir tonight, I tried to imagine the conversations that he had with his fellow artists: Monet, Sisley, Pissarro when they came together to mount the first Impressionist exhibition in April 1874. And think of the time when he met Richard Wagner in 1882. What courage he had at the last when he developed rheumatoid arthritis and kept on painting. I enjoyed celebrating his birthday!!!

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