The Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet was a monumental impressionist works that broke away from the classical view that art should obey established conventions and seek to achieve timelessness. Manet's work was exhibited at the Solon des Refuses in and caused outrage with its scandalous subject of a naked woman lunching with two clothed men. Two years later Monet decided to paint his own version.
The reputation of the once exalted, still unshakably canonical, Impressionist has fallen on difficult days. His models were often amazed at how little they recognized themselves in pictures that they had posed for. Peculiarly, Renoir did grant the women wonderfully articulated hands, the body part hardest to render convincingly—good for doing things, perhaps around the house. In his later work, his most prominent models were his servants or other lower-middle-class women. The show is a romp for connoisseurship, illumining, by abrupt contrasts, the core qualities of the respective artists. Picasso adored and collected Renoir nudes, the more outrageous the better. Everything in Renoir that is hard to take and almost impossible to think about, because it makes no concessions to intelligence, affirms his stature as a revolutionary artist. He stood firmly against the past in art and issued a stark challenge to its future. Class is key to understanding Renoir.
It depicts a female nude and a scantily dressed female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. The painting features a nude woman casually lunching with two fully dressed men. Her body is starkly lit and she stares directly at the viewer. The two men, dressed as young dandies , seem to be engaged in conversation, ignoring the woman.
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