RENOIR Part 2: The Umbrellas (Day 34 of 365 Days of ART)

 Day #34 of the 365 Days 

Renoir Part II

Yesterday’s post (here) highlighted Renoir’s Dancing Girl with Tambourine and companion piece Dancing Girl with Castanets, which can be used to talk about warm and cool colors. The dancers can also be used to talk about fashion depicted in certain works of art. 

 

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If you did talk about fashion, you could talk about one of Renoir’s “most important” paintings called The Umbrellas. This work was first started in 1881 and then modified by the artist in 1885-1886. The painting shows a crowded street in Paris, with people using large umbrellas in the rain. The lady to the left is a special part of the composition. Renoir changed her attire from a middle class outfit to instead depict more of a working class dress style. He removed the hat that was originally there in 1881.  She carries a hat box, but her hat was removed when Renoir modified the painting.  She also has no raincoat or umbrella – and she is lifting her dress from the puddles. Renoir used the stand alone side placement and classical details to allow her to glow and stand out in the crowd. You can read more in the collage: 

 

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Lastly, here is a sample of Renoir’s other works, just to give a feel for his brushstrokes, use of color, and taste. 

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Okay – that is it for today’s art post.  If you want to read about some of Renoir’s specific pieces that have sold – check out art history news blog here

I hope your weekend is going well. 
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33 thoughts on “RENOIR Part 2: The Umbrellas (Day 34 of 365 Days of ART)

  1. No wonder why “The Umbrellas” was one of his great work. I immediately like the work right away. I personally like fine brush strokes that makes thing look realistic (old fashion way of doing HD 🙂 ).

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  2. I love Renoir sooooooooo much! 😄 And I have to confess that I marked one of his paintings in my books as a reminder to do one of my inspired paintings one day 😉 But I won’t spill the beans about which one I have in mind just yet 😉
    Have a lovely weekend dear Yvette! 😚💜🎨☔

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    1. Well I look forward to seeing what you choose! Hmmmmmm
      Can I have a hint? Well I might just have to make a part 3 Renoir post when you get to it (if you do it in this year that is) and I have something in mind for your “action shots” with your cute lambs.
      Anyhow – I am just winging my art post themes each week – and how fun that “nail art colors” reminded me of Renoir’s dancers and then led to two posts. Very fun.
      Okay artist extraordinaire – hope you are having a great weekend too!

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      1. I thought too how fun it was that the nail varnish reminded you of Renoir 😄 The names are just great, I wonder whose job it is to come up with them?😉
        Well, there are actually 2 pictures I really like and I haven’t decided yet which one it will be….probably a female nude though😉
        Let me know when you’re going to post the lambs, I wouldn’t want to miss it!! 😄 Have a wonderful week! xxxxxxxx

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      2. Hi – well I think the names are brilliant. and whoever made them also must have “assumed” Hilary would win because one of their Fall 2016 colors is “madame President”
        And – was thinking you could be featured artist #3, so that would be Sunday January 22nd. I will be over to chat.

        and here is a comic for you….

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      3. Oh, the comic is awesome! 😂 Thank you for making me laugh! I really like the attitude of that boy 😉
        Which color is “madame president” then? I would’ve loved to wear it on auguration day…
        Thanx for letting me know the date, I’m already perfectly thrilled and excited!! 😄xxxxxx

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      4. well the madame president OPI color is “commanding red”
        and it is a bit too red for my white hands….
        hah
        I will stick with “Pale to the Chief” which is “almost nude…”
        and not just cos we were chatting with the nude comic or Renoir choice… I like colors that are barely there…

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      5. That color suits her 😉 Normally I don’t wear read either but prefer coral red (bit softer), turquoise, black or white- sometimes everything together 😉 I just love colours and used to run around like a little rainbow, But have muted down in recent years. I guess I get older 😉

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      6. hahah – a little rainbow sounds fun.
        completely opposite for me – earth tones…. and had to stop wearing grays and blacks and navy and medium to dark greens – now I have pops of color – but never yellow

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    1. thanks again for this link… you led to the Renoir Part 3 – and you were my first featured artista blogger…. I could have noted more about your photo exhibits and all – but one of my goals is to keep my art posts brief for this self-imposed 365 day challenge. and so I hope to feature a blogger a week – with only a mini intro. ahhhh “the art of brevity” hmmmm

      xxoo

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    1. thanks for saying that – I am winging it each week as it is my special blog focus for 2017. I needed something fresh…
      and take your time on your updates – but looking forward to your next trip update.

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      1. We can certainly relate to keeping it fresh. Posting as you do is a labor of love to us the viewers.
        Yes, we just returned from our recent journey and putting together the post. We continue learning how to share our journeys. Thank you for your encouragement.

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      2. well I feel like blog “grooves” evolve – and so far from your posts I think you have just the right mix of text and pics for your travel shares – and favorite part – are your maps!!!

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  3. Hola Y! I find the Umbrella painting very interesting. Especially that it was later edited – i didnt know that could be done! Wonder why Renoir did it, quite risk isnt it of spoiling the whole painting? I particularly liked the bouquet of anemones. It was distinctive yet merging with the background. Have a great week Y 🙂

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    1. thanks for your feedback. And nice comment about the tweaking or updating. It reminds me of so many things – like did you know that Leonardo DaVinci did not even consider the Mona Lisa “finished” and was touching it up until he died. But my son raised a really great point about “leaving a piece” alone – he was younger and I pulled out one of his floating structures and asked him if he wanted to embellish or add on. Now his pieces are quite informal, ha, but he said that it had to be left alone because it was ‘who he was then” and reflects that time in his life. I think many artists can learn from that – especially writers. I was reading some author comments last month and she has like 30 books and she noted how her early work is so “ugh” (maybe average) but she celebrates those works because that was ‘who she was’ at the time and it is also what led to her to her better output later. hmmmm

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      1. I am glad I read this 😉 I received a proof copy of my book (moving to a different publisher). I was wondering if I should revise to make it “better” (for this older me). I keep going back and forth on this.
        Thank your son for me, please. 😉
        Have a great day.

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      2. well funny you should mention this because my son – the same son who said that about his art – well he just updated one of his fictional writings – and I was shaking my head about it.
        He said he wanted to “show” and not “tell some of the stuff he wrote…
        hm
        so i will keep you posted.
        and maybe there is a time when it is ok….
        well his piece is not very old so that might me why – he wrote it last November.

        and with your particular book – I think editing it might be something that depends on your goals for the book.

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      3. I agree with him. Showing is better than telling. Revising is important. In my case, I have revised many times before I published the book, so I may just let it go this time. 😉

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    1. well monumental is relative – because some are easy posts and I also have digests – and your “seasons” challenge seems monumental to me because running a challenge is ‘work” – at least to me – and that would suck the essence out of my blogging (I know, I tried challenges twice – and they are not for me…) so you see – it is finding our groove for what we enjoy – which I know you know….

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