(b, 1841, Limoges, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Oarsmen at Chatou1879
Oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Chatou was a popular excursion site in the environs of Paris. Renoir painted several pictures here, including his famous Luncheon of the Boating Party (Phillips Collection, Washington). With its celebration of leisure culture, its lush, vibrant colour, and its flickering brushwork, Oarsmen at Chatou is a quintessentially Impressionist painting.