collecting colours over a cup of coffee...

If you are a lover of printed words, you would know how much of your time is taken by books alone. Then one day, sooner or later, you discover a huge vacuum within that you know next to nothing about other art forms. This blog is an attempt to fulfil one such lacunae in the art of painting. We intend to look up a random painting and upload it with a link here every day whilst having our daily cuppa coffee. In this way at least we hope to be better acquainted with colours, colourers and the schools than what we are now.If you wish to be a part, you know where to shout.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Self-Portrait


Self-Portrait, 1910, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Friday, October 30, 2009

Terrace in Cagnes


Terrace in Cagnes, 1905, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Bathers


The Bathers, 1887, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mother Nursing Her Child


Mother Nursing Her Child (Aline [wife] and Pierre [first child]), 1886, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes:

The years between 1884 and 1887 are known as the "Dry Period" in the artist's life, and most critics at the time thought that he had gone astray.
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This crisis, however, was not just an individual matter. It affected not only Renoir, but also Monet, Pissaro and Degas and finally led to a complete collapse of this group of Impressionists
quoted from Peter Feist's Renoir

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Umbrellas



The Umbrellas, 1883, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes:
Renoir created a number of beautiful examples of the two prototypes of street scenes, i.e. both general impressions of streets and crowds of people randomly hurrying past one another and the same people observed at close quarters. It was the latter type that Renoir sought to capture in the life-size figures of The Umbrellas. He used subtle shades of blue, grey and brown and then added emphasis by means of some brightly glowing colours.
quoted from Renoir by Peter H.Feist

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Two Sisters on the Terrace


Two Sisters on the Terrace, 1881, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Friday, October 23, 2009

Madame Charpentier and Her Children


Madame Charpentier and Her Children, 1878, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Le Moulin de la Galette


Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes:

The above painting is one of the most significant of Renoir. For a better resolution version go here
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The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris, France.
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In 1870, the owner Charles-Nicolas Debray, added a guinguette with a dancing room, and called it "Moulin de la Galette" in 1895. The "galette", is a small rye bread that Debray millers made and sold with a glass of milk. Now, in French, "galette" is the name of cake. In 1830, they replaced milk with wine (especially the local Montmartre wine) and the windmill by a cabaret.

The atmosphere was relaxed and customers more popular than in other establishments such as "Moulin Rouge". People came to "Moulin de la Galette" for enjoying and dancing.

quoted from Moulin de la Galette

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Theatre Box


The Theatre Box, 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes: The man in this painting is Renoir's brother, Edmond

PS: I typed out La Loge in the title and then realized I'd done the translated titles for the rest. Somehow I always wonder about the validity of translating titles - don't have an answer though

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monet Painting in his garden at Argenteuil


Monet Painting in his garden at Argenteuil, 1873, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mme Monet reading Le Figaro


Mme Monet reading Le Figaro, 1872, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lise


Lise, 1867, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Notes:

Renoir's first masterpiece was his Lise of 1867, which was exhibited at the Salon the following spring. It was a full-length life-size portrait of his young girl-friend Lise - something which was normally only used for royalty.
quoted from RENOIR by Peter H.Feist

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Arum and Conservatory Plants


Arum and Conservatory Plants, 1864, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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