RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste
(b, 1841, Limoges, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer)

Camille Monet and Her Son Jean in Their Garden

1874
Oil on canvas, 50 x 68 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Monet recounted what happened that day in his Argenteuil garden. Renoir appeared, and, attracted by the atmosphere, decided to paint the same subject as painted by Manet, Camille Monet and Her Son in Their Garden.

It is interesting to compare the two works painted that day. We see that Manet's painting seems both more carefully thought out and more ambitious than Renoir's. Manet remains allusive, lacking the spontaneity shown by Renoir. But then, Renoir was practiced at this kind of painting, whereas Manet was the beginner.