This week I’m having a birthday (not saying which one!).
A birthday is a good excuse to do something you enjoy, right?
I love art – period. But, if I were forced to choose a favorite artist – I’d have to say Renoir.
And if compelled to choose a favorite among his works – it would have to be this one . . .
Dance at Bougival, 1882-1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Since it’s part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – I’ve been fortunate enough to see it in person, many times. Would you believe this painting is over six feet tall!!??!! It takes your breath away as you stand in front of it.
It was one in a series of three that Renoir completed around 1883 – all about the same size, and all with a dancing theme.
Ok, Crystal. Where does the birthday treat come in?
Oh yes! Well, you can imagine how excited I was to learn Boston would have all three on exhibit for a short time this summer! (The other two are on temporary loan from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.)
So, as part of a birthday celebration with the family, I spent an afternoon taking in the majesty of this trio.
The colors, the costumes, the details (right down to the cigarette butts on the ground), the dreamy sense of motion in the paintings – you can almost hear the music!
A delicious lunch followed.
For a brief (3 minute) video about the paintings, click below.