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Father and Son: Painting and Cinema

Sylvie Patry Anne Distel Stephane Audeguy Janet Bergstrom



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01 December 2018
Beloved impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir left a vibrant legacy that influenced the life and films of his son, the acclaimed director Jean Renoir.

The impressionist paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) are characterized by portraits and lively episodes from daily life. These joyful scenes influenced the life and work of his son, filmmaker Jean Renoir (1894-1979), who Orson Welles described as the greatest of all directors.

This catalogue - and the traveling exhibition it accompanies - demonstrates how Pierre-Auguste Renoir's artistic practice and creative universe influenced Jean's art, and how Jean's films shed new light on his father's paintings.

Focusing on core themes in both artists' works, such as their vision and recreation of Paris, this volume examines Jean's path to becoming a prominent international filmmaker, bringing together paintings, drawings, films, costumes, and photos - as well as the ceramics he made before he turned to cinema. Contributions from the Barnes Foundation - with its collection of 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir along with pottery by Jean Renoir - the Musee de l'Orangerie and the Cinematheque Francaise provide in-depth insight into this complex, fruitful relationship between painting and cinema.
By:   Anne Distel
Contributions by:   Stephane Audeguy, Janet Bergstrom, Augustin De Butler
Edited by:   Sylvie Patry
Imprint:   Flammarion
Country of Publication:   France
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 196mm, 
Weight:   1.190kg
ISBN:   9782080203809
ISBN 10:   2080203800
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   01 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sylvie Patry is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Mus e d'Orsay in Paris and consulting curator at the Barnes Foundation. She co-organized the Renoir: Father and Son, Painting and Cinema exhibition at the Barnes (May 6-September 2018) and Mus e d'Orsay (November 5, 2018-January 27, 2019).

Reviews for Renoir: Father and Son: Painting and Cinema

A rare exploration of the parallels and, at times, paradoxical dialogue between Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste and his son. The first major tome dedicated to the prolific duo, Renoir not only puzzles out how Pierre-Auguste's pictorial world informed his son's future career as very possibly the greatest of all directors , but revisits Jean's filmography in a bid to shed new light on his father's oeuvre. A truly riveting read. --France Today, January 9, 2019

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