The Luncheon of the Boating Party
"For me, a picture should be a pleasant thing, joyful and pretty- yes pretty! There are quite enough unpleasant things in life without the need for us to manufacture more." - Renoir
Pierre- Auguste Renoir. The Luncheon of the Boating Party. 1881.











The Impressionists were interested in:
  • Representing immediate visual sensations through color and light
  • Depicting the fleeting qualities of color
  • Experimenting with short, choppy brushstrokes
Claude Monet, Madame Monet with Her Son, 1875.










Claude Monet. Terrace at Sainte-Adresse. 1867.











Claude Monet. Impression: Sunrise. 1872.











Moulin de la Galette

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Moulin de la Galette. 1876.


Moulin de la Galette = the Pancake Mill, an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon dance hall











Edgar Degas. The Rehearsal on Stage. c. 1874.











Mary Cassatt. Woman in a Loge. 1879.











Mary Cassat. Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child. 1880.
Mary Cassatt. The Boating Party. 1893 - 1894.











Berthe Morisot. Summer's Day. 1879.


"sketch aesthetics"











Woman at the Toilette

Berthe Morisot.  Woman at Her Toilette. 1875.