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.
Renoir was interested in art from an early age.Learn about his upbringing and influences that led to creating Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Luncheon of the Boating Party is a picture of 19th-century modernity.Find out the who, what, when, and where of the painting.
Renoir made changes to the painting directly on his canvas.Delve into Renoir’s process using contemporary art conservation techniques and more.
From fashion to transportation, Impressionists sought to reflect societal changes.Explore the shifts happening in France and art in the 19th century.
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