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If you like French Art of the 1880s, then this post is for you! Helene in Texas has sent two lovely cards showing the work of Renoir, and my mom sent me one of Gaugin’s works (on a postcard, not the real thing).

Renoir boatmans lunch

First is Renoir’s The Boatman’s Lunch, painted in 1880-81. The painting depicts a luncheon on the banks of the Seine, attended by many of Renoir’s friends. The woman holding the dog at the bottom left is named Aline Charigot; Renoir later married her.

Renoir umbrellas

This next painting is titled The Umbrellas and was painted by Renoir in 1883.

Renoir is one of my favorite artists. I particularly love his paintings Dance at Bougival (1882-83) and Girls at the Piano (1892).

Gauguin puppies

This painting comes from my mom, and is painted by Gaugin. It is titled Still Life with Three Puppies and was painted in 1888. Gaugin was a post-Impressionist, unlike Renoir, who was an Impressionist. Although they were contemporaries, you can see the differences in style between the two painters.

What kind of art do you like? Are you a Renoir or Gaugin fan?