The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Luncheon of the Boating Party, painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1880-81

The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was among the circle of Impressionist artists who revolutionized the art of painting in the 19th century. The Impressionists rejected traditional subjects in order to paint scenes of modern life using new techniques, such as en plein air painting (painting outdoors). 

Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party not only demonstrates the pinnacle of his artistic accomplishments but also represents the social, political, and economic changes occurring in France in the late 19th century—a group of friends from various social classes gathered for a meal socializing along a river in the suburbs of Paris. 

Explore Renoir’s biography and the cultural context in which he painted. Examine his artistic process with the help of contemporary art conservation techniques. Using the Prism.K12 strategies, students will have numerous opportunities to engage with the painting in the sections below.