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Valentine’s Day: The Woman Behind Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party

(Note: originally published on 2/14/2012.) For my Live and Learn class. Aline Charigot was only in her early twenties when Renoir so lovingly portrayed her in The Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881) and he was most likely already smitten with the young seamstress from Paris. In fact, did the artist sense, as sometimes happens, that Aline was […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse-Lautrec and Suzanne Valadon

Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse-Lautrec and Suzanne Valadon

(Note: originally published on 9/28/2012.) For my Live and Learn class. Her name was Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938): laundress, horse back rider, trapeze performer, model, and artist—-and by the way, the mother of renowned painter Maurice Utrillo.  Maria as she was called then, met Laturec when she was only 18, probably around the time she posed for his […]

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Dining in Paradise with Monet’s Neighbor-Creative Routines at Home

For the ART CIRCLE group and our upcoming discussion of Creative Routines…..     DINING IN PARADISE WITH PIERRE BONNARD CREATIVE ROUTINES AT HOME   Bonnard’s room seems a paradise in which to dream rather than to dine.  Colors for all the senses vibrate and surprise as they multiply: lavender, tangerine, fuchsia, chartreuse, maroon, turquoise, ad infinitum. […]

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