Renoir's Artistic Process

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Renoir’s Artistic Process

Luncheon of the Boating Party took about six months for Pierre-Auguste Renoir to create. Some of the work was done en plein air and on the balcony of the Maison Fournaise. He also used his studio in Chatou and Paris to refine the composition and complete the painting.

Throughout those six months, Renoir primarily used the canvas to experiment with composition, figures, gestures, and expressions. This section looks closely at the surface of the painting to observe his stylistic technique, as well as goes beneath the brushstrokes using advancements in museum science and conservation to understand his artistic choices.