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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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Unknown photographer, Camille Claude, c. 1884

Arts Everyday Living: Artists in Love, Rodin & Claudel, Kandinsky & Munter

  Unfortunately “l’amour” can be painful, especially for creative pairs such as Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Camille Claudel (1864-1943) or Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Gabriele Munter (1877-1962) who are the subjects of this year’s blog for Valentine’s Day. I’ve provided some fast facts about them below. You’ll note similarities between the couples and of course […]

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Arts Everyday Living: Valentine’s Day Week in Art—Shakespeare in Love Again (with Juliet)

Click on the painting to enlarge it.       But saying o’er what I have said before; My child is yet a stranger in the world;  She hath not seen the change of 14 years….                                                     Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2 _____ _____ In observance of Valentine’s Day, I’m devoting the next […]

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