More Than 16 Candles

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!

Absolutely awesome!

A delicious lunch followed. 🙂

For a brief (3 minute) video about the paintings, click below.




More Than 16 Candles — 6 Comments

  1. The paintings are marvelous! and I can really understand why you love them so much. A favorite ? No..they each have a story or at least they create one in my mind and that is certainly what art is sometimes about.

    Happy Birthday friend. Here’s to many, many more.
    xx, Carol

  2. I missed everyone last week. Hubs and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Jamaica. We went to the southern part of the island where there is only one hotel and a 2 1/2 mile beach. It was a dream vacation.

    Happy Birthday!!! Crystal I’m so glad you got to spend your birthday doing something you enjoy. The paintings are absolutely breathtaking.

    I have started classes this week. Hopefully, this semester will go as well as the last one. It seems that summer just flew. Take Care everyone.

  3. That video was very interesting. I hadn’t noticed all the gloves but did see the cigarette butt and matches on the ground. What details!! I can see you now. Standing in front of them burning the images into your brain. Glad you had a wonderful day.

    Happy birthday!! Eat lots of cake.

  4. Happy Birthday my sweet friend! xo

    Gosh, those paintings are just something else! …and the video was so interesting. Six feet tall…wow, that’s big! How impressive they must be in real life. I can’t choose a favorite. I’ve tried. Those dresses…oh Crystal, how I wish we still dressed like that!!!

    What a perfectly lovely way to spend a birthday!

    Paulette 🙂

  5. Happy wedding anniversary, Kelly. May you and hubby celebrate many more.

    Crystal, did you see my guessing game? I don’t see your guess.

  6. “Happy belated birthday Crystal!” I’m sorry I missed your post last week. What a special way to celebrate your birthday. The paintings are stunning! I’ve always loved the dresses they wore back then….so beautiful and flowy.

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday celebration. Heres to many many more!
    xoxoxo & hugs,

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