Luncheon of the Boating Party

Luncheon of the Boating Party Bestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world Instantly recognizable Auguste Renoir s masterpiece depicts a gathering of
  • Title: Luncheon of the Boating Party
  • Author: Susan Vreeland
  • ISBN: 9780670038541
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party
    Bestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir s masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a caf terrace along the Seine near Paris A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated aBestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir s masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a caf terrace along the Seine near Paris A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoir s future wife, among others, share this moment of la vie moderne, a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco Prussian War Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love, all the while facing issues of loyalty and the diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models and using settings in Paris and on the Seine, Vreeland illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, she paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs in a brilliant portrait of her own.
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  • Susan Vreeland

    Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best selling author and four time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award s highest honor She is known for writing historical fiction on art related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr Tiffany Her books have been translated into 26 languages She lives in San Diego, California.


  • If you have an interest in art or art history, and you like historical fiction, then you will enjoy this one This is a story of Augueste Renior as he painted The Luncheon of the Boating Party, who the models were and how they come to be in the painting How historically accurate these events are I don t know, but Vreeland weaves an interesting storyline that fits with the gaiety of the paintings subject This is one of those paintings that makes you say, I wish I had been there.

  • Pierre August Renoir was struggling financially in 1880, reduced to painting portraits of upper class women but wanting to work on a satisfying project He decided to paint Luncheon of the Boating Party , a large painting worthy of being hung in the prestigious Salon Renoir gathered up his friends and acquaintances to pose on a series of Sunday afternoons on the terrace of a restaurant along the Seine Renoir wanted to depict people enjoying life in a beautiful location He felt committed to Impre [...]

  • Delle perfette letture nel mezzo del cammin della sessione esami.Nonostante abbia una Lista Desideri Librosi LDL lunga da Marsiglia ad Istanbul, pu capitare che in libreria mi lasci andare ad uno stupido giochetto infantile, imbarazzante da mettere in pratica e, soprattutto, pericoloso per la mia salute letteraria una sorta di gioco della bottiglia nobilitato Soltanto che poi non mi tocca baciare il commesso questo non significa che non mi piacerebbe preciso, caso mai stesse leggendo Apri gli oc [...]

  • This book is excellent What exactly does that mean I guess that puts it between very good and amazing Why is it short of amazing It is hard to feel an emotional connection to a group of about twenty characters First you have to get to know all of them The further you read into the story the attached the reader feels for the numerous characters There is not one character that is bland Each has an interesting story to tell Still there are just too many, and this being a book of historical fiction [...]

  • I love historical fiction and I was really intrigued when I found this book Unfortunately, I was disappointed The premise of a book set in bohemian Paris which delves into the lives and conversations of Renoir and the models for his famous painting was irresistable While Vreeland s research is impressive and provides a lot of detail, it is done in a slow and awkward way The book provided insight into Renoir s thought process and what it was like to be an impressionist painter I also found her de [...]

  • Uncle At pg 162 of a 429 pg book and have found little to no inspiration to continue I don t remember thinking much of Vreeland s Girl in Hyacinth Blue either.

  • I really wanted to like this book BUT it was over written, much too long, too much flowery description trying to convey the thoughts and feelings of an artist came across to me as melodramatic and artificial.I am an artist I am a coloristbut enough already describing the mixing of every color.I finished the book and endured some of the unnecessary subplots Paris is my favorite city I enjoyed the historical references I learned what I wanted to know about the concept for the painting and the peop [...]

  • Mi e capitato molte volte, guardando un dipinto, di lasciar scorrere l immaginazione e fantasticare su chi fossero le persone rappresentate, quale fosse la loro vita giocando con la fantasia e divertendomi a inventare storie nella mia mente Susan Vreeland mi serve su un piatto d argento un libro di 500 pagine in cui posso chiudere gli occhi e ritrovarmi in un attimo nella Parigi di fine 800, mi accompagna in questo giochino che mi diverte tanto ad assistere alla creazione di uno dei capolavori d [...]

  • Il mondo incantevole, Alphonsine Guardatevi intorno Guardate i colori dell acqua che fremono come seta marezzata, il reticolo d ombre disegnato dai rami, il germano reale dalla testa irridescente Non sembra in posa per me, con la luce che danza sull anello bianco del collo E voi, con i capelli che spuntano dal cappellino Vita L incanto della vita Se dovessi dipingere quello che vedo in quest istante non sarebbe una mia invenzione, ma un dono di Dio, se volete, o del flusso incessante della vita [...]

  • What would they become she wondered What has he glimpsed in us to lay over that vast white land Us Nous She said the word aloud, dropping off the s, a kind of lowing The exhilaration she had felt yesterday surged again She was part of something 113 Luncheon of the Boating Party, Susan VreelandSusan Vreeland s Luncheon of the Boating Party was published in 2007 and is 434 pages I read it on Stephanie Cowell s recommendation after finishing and loving her novel about Monet, Claude and Camille What [...]

  • This book depicts Renoir s efforts to create one his most famous Impressionist paintings It was our book club selection so I stuck with it to the end though I found almost any excuse I could to repeatedly put the book down and do other things house cleaning, laundry, weeding, washing my hair .It is over 400 pages long and should have been shortened to about 100 I found it difficult to care about any of the characters, except perhaps Alphonsine, and that was maringal Much of the dialogue was bor [...]

  • Bello, gioviale e malinconico, romantico caleidoscopio di storie sogni passioni illusioni e delusioni.Tutto in un paio di mesi, quelli necessari alla realizzazione del quadro che porta l Impressionismo nell et adulta.Non solo storie di pittori, ma storie di tutto il mondo che gravitava a Parigi e dintorni in quegli anni.Personaggi straordinari perch veri.Vreeland sa raccontare l atto creativo in modo da farlo vivere a chi legge e questo da solo basterebbe a far amare il libro

  • One of my favourite books to come out of 2007 A fictional treatment of how Renoir painted his work, the Luncheon of the Boating Party, and the various people in it Wonderful story Happily recommended For the longer review, please go here bubblews news 6636706

  • I don t usually like reading novels portraying real people It s hard for me to invest in the author s version of them I keep wanting to exchange fictionalized versions for actual biographies memoirs so I can come to my own understanding of who they were.That said, I really enjoyed this novel once I got over the initial hump It was so saturated with the sense of sunlight and joyful atmosphere of impressionist artwork I felt myself tasting the meals along with the characters, feeling a breeze comi [...]

  • Divno, divno 400 stranica istog zadovoljstva Nije klasik, novijeg je datuma, lagano tivoi toliko lepo Opisi Pariza, Sene, prirode, obilje boja, zanimljivi dijalozi, sitnice koje nam omogu avaju da zavirimo u boemske ivote francuskih impresionista, pri a o nesebi noj ljubavidivota jedna

  • Audio book performed by Karen White 3 In the summer of 1880 Pierre Auguste Renoir painted what was to become one of his most instantly recognizable masterpieces, depicting a gathering of friends enjoying an afternoon on a caf terrace along the Seine near Paris His fourteen models included, among others, a famous painter, an art collector, a celebrated actress, the caf owner s daughter, a war hero, an Italian journalist, and a laundress This was shortly after the Franco Prussian war, and social c [...]

  • Ho sempre amato l Impressionismo, e Il pranzo dei canottieri sempre stato uno dei quadri che pi mi colpivano Leggere il modo in cui ha preso forma, le storie dei personaggi che vi appaiono stato interessante finalmente quelle figure, belle e colorate ma con le quali solitamente non si riesce ad entrare completamente in sintonia non conoscendone la vita, hanno preso una forma ben pi consistente Da striature di colore sono diventate persone Mi sono appassionata alle loro storie, ho seguito col fia [...]

  • La vita moderna un romanzo meraviglioso, che racconta la nascita di uno dei quadri pi famosi dell impressionismo la colazione dei canottieri di Renoire.Con una ricostruzione storica abbastanza fedele, Susan Vreeland riuscita a dar voce ad Auguste Renoire e i suoi scapestrati amici di Montmartre che per sei domeniche di fila, si incontrano sulla terrazza della Maison Fournaise per dar vita all emblema della vita moderna la borghesia e la nobilt che socializzano dopo un pranzo luculliano Tra balli [...]

  • I loved this book, it was absolutely delicious Its about Pierre Augusto Renoir, and his painting Luncheon of the Boating Party I held off until I finished the book before I googled this painting so I could finally see it The book was wonderful, it made me want to take painting classes, it introduced you to each person in the painting, it made you think about colors I was blown away by how much I loved this book Plus the story itself was captivating

  • Louise si batt la mano sul cuore Voi dipingete quello che amate Non vero Le cose migliori si fanno sempre per a, madame

  • I loved this fictionalized account of the painting of the Boating Party While I ve seen reproductions of this painting many times and once had the privilege of seeing the actual canvas, I never gave any thought to who the people pictured in it It was enjoyable to find out who they were and to learn a bit about them Also fascinating to get inside Renoir s head a bit Vreeland clearly did a lot of research for this and made the characters and situations as true to life as possible, while still writ [...]

  • It took me awhile to read this book, mainly because I was really wanting to read a adventuresome than contemplative book, but that turned out for the best, because this was a book intended to be savored rather than quickly inhaled Once I got into it, about 50 pages in, I really liked it.It s about the creation of the painting on the front cover and also shown in the movie Amelie Who were the people What was it like to pose for Renoir What was Renoir like Through the answer to those questions, y [...]

  • I listened to this book on CD Karen White parle un francais parfait And, author, Susan Vreeland, made this novel come to life Luncheon of the Boating Party takes place on a caf terrace along the Seine just outside of Paris Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841 1919 decides to do a painting using his friends How many friends he uses is a very interesting number This is a monumental effort and will take several Sunday afternoons to complete To understand the simmering passion, take note that the time period [...]

  • Susan Vreeland is an American author of historical fiction who specialises in vivid novelisations of art and artists, and like Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party is based around a particular painting Ever since I read The Horse s Mouth by Joyce Cary I ve looked out for books that explore the mind of the artist, and I had also enjoyed Vreeland s Passion of Artemesia about the first woman admitted to the Accademia dell Arte in Florence and The Forest Lover about the ground breaki [...]

  • I really tried to like this book but was very disappointed I loved The Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Artemisia as both books created mood, atmosphere and I felt like the artists were believable and understood Vreeland seemed to understand each artist and how they painted in the earlier books but Renoir comes off as a bit of a sap When it came to describing his painting approach it seemed trite and almost pendactic in tone As an artist, this grated me immensely I honestly feel like she sold out to ma [...]

  • The lusty, leisurely, lovingly told story of how Renoir came to paint the famous picture of 14 revelers at lunch by the Seine The novel is fun for what it teaches you or reminds you about the Impressionist movement And it s fun because of how deeply the author plunges you into Renoir s world But at times the writing seems like a dramatized History Comes Alive section in a high school textbook If you go for this book, make sure to get one of the editions where a picture of the whole painting is o [...]

  • Questo libro brilla di luce come un dipinto,un romanzo che attraverso le parole, fa conoscere e vedere la vita artistica della Parigi dell 800.questo romanzo una sinfonia di luci,colori e lineee diceva lo stesso RenoirTUTTO CI CHE ESISTE VIVE, TUTTO CI CHE VIVEE BELLO,TUTTO CI CHE E BELLO MERITA DI ESSERE DIPINTOPHONSINE Sono giunta alla convinzione che se una cosa, per quanto possa essere semplice o sciocca, pu dare un attimo di felicit , per Dio, vale la pena di farlo

  • It s a bit slow going but I love the theme and who could not love the setting Paris Will let you know what I think of the book when I reach the end It is fun to read about the characters artists so far But a bit too much detail of non important things.I already finished the book and thought it quite worthwhile to read especially to learn concerning the now famous artists of that era I am not so sure I liked the ending but won t reveal why nina

  • Fantastique I love this historical account of the elaboration of the luncheon of the Boating Party Fourteen friends and acquaintances made it on to the canvas and we learn who they are and how a masterpiece was made Excellent novel for the lovers of impressionism, art and anything French.

  • I listened to this book on audio cd and loved it It s a great story about how Auguste Renoir came to create the famous boating party painting.

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