The Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Luncheon of the Boating Party at Bougival, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81
The Luncheon of the Boating Party at Bougival, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81

Do you relate to any of the people in this party? It’s what I like about this painting: so many personalities. None of the females seem to be like me, but that’s okay. I’m content to be the onlooker to this happy little crowd. Take some time to follow each person’s gaze. Not many of them are looking at each other. I believe that is an artist trick to move the viewer’s gaze around the painting.

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