Exploring Renoir's World

Image of Maison Fournaise and the Seine River postcard

Exploring Renoir’s World

Trains, train stations, and train bridges were potent symbols of modernity, and the Impressionists included these images in their cityscapes and landscapes, signaling the rapid industrialization of both city and countryside. 

This change in the physical landscape in France also manifested itself in the changing social dynamics among people of different backgrounds. Luncheon of the Boating Party, with its mix of people, boats, and a railway bridge, captures all of these trends.

In this section, learn about the origin of these technological changes and how they impacted social mobility, fashion, and art.