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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Monsieur Renoir!

Painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was born on this day in 1841. In his later life, Renoir developed rheumatoid arthritis, which resulted in limited mobility and deformities of his hands. Renoir worked in spite of these limitations, and despite the fact that he had to have an assistant put a paint brush in his hand!

This was filmed 101 years ago, and you can see the awkward way Renoir had to hold a brush:

Artists seem to be fair game for novelists, especially French artists. The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman [F HOF, AB/CD HOF, ebook] deals with Camille Pissarro and his family. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan [F BUC, ebook] is about young ballerinas posing for Edgar Degas. Renoir, too, gets the fictional treatment, from Susan Vreeland, in Luncheon of the Boating Party [F VRE], it features one of Renoir's most famous paintings:

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