What Is "The Luncheon of the Boating Party?"


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"Luncheon of the Boating Party," or "Le Déjeuner des Canotiers," is an 1881 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Renoir included some of his actual friends in the painting, which was painted in the Impressionist style for which he was known.

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In "Luncheon," 13 characters are shown relaxing on a balcony and sharing food and wine. Renoir's future wife, Aline Charigot, sits at a table, coddling a small dog. Two men are dressed in white sleeveless shirts, adding to the relaxed aesthetic.

Renoir sold the painting to a dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel. His son sold it again in 1923 to art collector Duncan Phillips. It remains part of the Phillips collection in Washington, D.C., as of 2014.

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