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Ture wife among others share this moment of la vie moderne a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco Prussian War Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love all the w. Uncle At pg 162 of a 429 pg book and have found little to no inspiration to continue I don t remember thinking much of Vreeland s Girl in Hyacinth Blue either

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Bestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world Instantly recognizable Auguste Renoir's masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine near Paris A wealthy painter an art collector an Italian journalist a war hero a celebrated actress and Renoir's fu. Pierre August Renoir was struggling financially in 1880 reduced to painting portraits of upper class women but wanting to work on a satisfying project He decided to paint Luncheon of the Boating Party a large painting worthy of being hung in the prestigious Salon Renoir gathered up his friends and acuaintances to pose on a series of Sunday afternoons on the terrace of a restaurant along the Seine Renoir wanted to depict people enjoying life in a beautiful location He felt committed to Impressionism but did not want to follow some of the newer Impressionists who were depicting the miserable seedier side of lifeFrench society was in transition ten years after the Franco Prussian War with time for leisure and modern ways of expression Some war veterans and a war widow were among the models for Renoir s masterpiece The descriptions of painting were very sensual with Renoir declaring I only want to paint women I love or imagine I could love Several of the models had a romantic interest in the artist including the woman who would eventually become his wifeA cross section of society is shown in the book from the wealthy women entertaining at their afternoon salons to the performers of the Folies Bergere to the poor prostitutes of Montmartre People are seen working and boating along the Seine The only sections of the book that seemed overly long were the descriptions of two afternoons of boat races Overall this was an excellent work of historical fiction that transported the reader to the arts community in 1880s Paris

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Hile facing issues of loyalty and the diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models and using settings in Paris and on the Seine Vreeland illuminates the gusto hedonism and art of the era With a gorgeous palette of vibrant captivating characters she paints their lives loves losses and triumphs in a brilliant portrait of her own. 45 stars definitely a top favourite read so far this year Luncheon of the Boating Party Have you ever looked at a painting and wished it could come to life That it would start moving and that you could get to know the people in it I haven t I ve never been particularly interested in art history or paintings in than a passing sense beyond finding certain styles beautiful and holding in high esteem anyone talented enough to produce colourful landscapes and immortalize people by wielding a brush As someone who can t draw a decent stickman to save her life I ve always been in awe of painters but never really interested in the art Susan Vreeland s excellent novel however might just change that I suddenly find myself wanting to know a great deal about art and paintings and Impressionism Luncheon of the Boating Party was a brilliant completely immersive novel that read exactly as you would expect reading a painting would be like The people in that painting they re not just models they re people People who lived and breathed and had lives and made time on summer Sundays to pose for Renoir to help create this beautiful masterpiece Nous Us Luncheon of the Boating Party although narrated mostly through Renoir s point of view is about everyone involved in the creation of this painting It s as much a novel of life as it is a celebration of art La vie moderne That s what it s all about Paris in the 1880s the scene of artists and intellects and authors and actresses of new ideas inspired by the past and hinting at the future the Paris of street caf s and caf s cr mes of cabaret dancing and prestigious Salons of bustles and top hats and boating dresses and above all of leisure summer days along the Seine Vreeland shows you all this and takes you right on the terrace at la Maison Fournaise where Renoir beautifully captured a single moment in time of people chatting and drinking and having a good time The painting is not supposed to tell a story just illustrate a moment The story is Vreeland s work She introduces us to all the models you see in the painting even some who didn t make it on the final masterpiece Most of them were Renoir s friends acuaintances or former lovers There s Alphonse and Alphonsine whose parents own the Maison Fournaise his good friend and fellow painter Gustave the art critic Charles Ephrussi aspiring author Paul Lh te and the beautiful actresses Jeanne Samary Ellen Andr e and Ang le There was also the annoying C cile Louise with the even longer last name who didn t make it to the final thing because she couldn t stand still We get to know them all Snippets of their lives their backstories their interactions with each other their Sundays eating and drinking and rowing and posing How much work goes into a painting like this It s unbelievable Inspired by some of his favourite painters like Vermeer and Veronese Renoir blends classic techniues with Impressionism in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough in his career and defy critics elevating Impressionism as an art style worthy of the Louvre The result as we all know is the spectacular masterpiece that is Luncheon of the Boating Party I can honestly say that I would not hold it in such high appreciation if I hadn t read this book To me at first glance this painting is pretty but knowing the story behind it and how it all came about makes it so much interesting I absolutely loved the character of Renoir himself He was so winsome You can t help but want him to desperately succeed with his painting and admire his passion for his art and for life Here was a man who breathed beautiful things seeing the world with rose coloured glasses as his friends would say desperate to capture beauty love and happiness The world is ravishing Alphonsine Just look The distinct colours of the water uivering like moir e silk the lattice of shadows made by branches shifting Life Ravishing life And the way he made love to women on his canvas with his brush Oh enchantingRenoir painted under two main rules he d imposed on himself always paint from the live model and only paint for pleasure And what to a passionate man enamoured with the female form could give him greater pleasure than to pain the women he loved The driven way in which he combined his passions was actually incredibly inspiring to read and I congratulate the author on perfectly conveying that to the reader I also absolutely adored the fascination and the importance accorded to light Light indeed is so crucial in so many forms of art I am no painter but I ve always loved a sunny mid afternoon room permeated by warmth and light that hit just right on my embroidery hoop or the teasing early morning rays that gently poke through curtains announcing a lovely day of gorgeous natural light to work with Light Ah light Pure radiance It made the river lavender and pale ocher and aua and white It made the sailboats shimmer It made the grassy hillock on the opposite bank glow a yellow green It softened the lines of the railroad bridge and made everything vibrate with life Light is actually uite an important character in this novel because it sets a definite deadline for the completion of the painting Renoir gets the idea for Luncheon towards the end of the summer when there are seemingly just enough Sundays left before the light changes from summer vibrancy to the cool golden of early September There was such respect such appreciation and such an urgency about light in this novel that I really really like I happened to read this book in late Augustearly September and never took as much notice of the increasing change in light as I did this year Reading about it in such an endearing way gave me a whole new appreciation for it for which I am deeply thankful and I was someone who was already uite obsessed with the sun and weather and seasonal changes Luncheon of the Boating Party was a wonderfully delectable novel slow and sensuous like the making of the painting itself and definitely well worth reading My only complaint preventing me from pushing the rating to a full five stars was that certain bits did drag a little too much and there were perhaps a few too many points of view included from characters we didn t really hear from again but aside from that it was a spectacularly beautiful read full of light and colour and 1880s artist Parisian lifestyle

  • Hardcover
  • 434
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party
  • Susan Vreeland
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 9780670038541

About the Author: Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best selling author and four time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction the San Diego Book Award’s highest honor She is known for writing historical fiction on art related themes including Girl in Hyacinth Blue The Passion of Artemisia Luncheon of the Boating Party and Clara and Mr Tiffany Her books have been translated into 26 languag



10 thoughts on “Luncheon of the Boating Party

  1. says:

    If you have an interest in art or art history and you like historical fiction then you will enjoy this one This is a story of Augueste Renior as he painted The Luncheon of the Boating Party who the models were and how they come to be in the painting How historically accurate these events are I don't know but Vreeland weaves an interesting storyline that fits with the gaiety of the paintings subject This is one of those paintings that mak

  2. says:

    Pierre August Renoir was struggling financially in 1880 reduced to painting portraits of upper class women but wanting to w

  3. says:

    I love historical fiction and I was really intrigued when I found this book Unfortunately I was disappointed The premise of a book set in bohemian Paris which delves into the lives and conversations of Renoir and the models for his famous painting was irresistable While Vreeland's research is impressive and provides a lot of detail it is done in a slow and awkward way The book provided insight into Renoir's thought proce

  4. says:

    This book is excellent What exactly does that mean? I guess that puts it between very good and amazing Why is it

  5. says:

    Luncheon of the Boating Party 2007 Author Susan Vreeland Read 952020 Rating 45  This is an Acrostic Poem Review Clue Number of figures depicted in Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party France in the summer of 1880 new decade

  6. says:

    Uncle At pg 162 of a 429 pg book and have found little to no inspiration to continue I don't remember thinking much of Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue either

  7. says:

    45 stars definitely a top favourite read so far this year Luncheon of the Boating Party Have you ever looked at a painting and wished it could come to life? That it would start moving and that you could get to know the people in it? I haven't I've never been particularly interested in art history or paintings in than a passing sense beyond f

  8. says:

    I really wanted to like this book BUT it was over written much too long too much flowery description; trying to convey the thoughts and feelings of an artist came across to me as melodramatic and artificialI am an artist I am a coloristbut enough already describing the mixing of every colorI finished the book and endured some of the unnecessary subplots Paris is my favorite city; I enjoyed the historical ref

  9. says:

    For our book club this month we were asked to pick a book by Susan Vreeland and read it I picked Luncheon of the Boating Party because 1 it is based on a painting I love and 2 it takes place just outside of Paris I didn't know much about Renoir before I read this book but now I think I could write his biographyRenoir sets out to challenge Zola's thought that the Impressionist painters were finished creatively when he de

  10. says:

    “What would they become? she wondered What has he glimpsed in us to lay over that vast white land? Us Nous She said the word aloud dropping off the s a kind of lowing The exhilaration she had felt yesterday surged again S

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