Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise

Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise is an 1875 painting in the Impressionist style by the leading French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The painting depicts three diners, a woman and two men, in varying states of consciousness on the Seine’s Ile de Grand Jatte. The man on the right is smoking, and he is in the middle of a reverie while the other man laughs.

The woman, whose expression we can’t see, looks out at the water’s rower perhaps half-joking and half-observing. French Impressionist painter painted this picture, titled Canotiers, Déjeuner au bord de la rivière in French, in 1879 two years before the similar and larger Luncheon of the Boating Party in the same setting.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise is in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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