Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema: Painting and Cinema

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 are characterized by portraits and lively episodes from daily life. These joyful scenes influenced the life and work of his son, filmmaker Jean Renoir, 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 leitmotifs in both artists’ works, this volume commingles paintings, drawings, films, costumes, photographs, and ceramics. Contributions from the Barnes Foundation, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Cinémathèque Française provide in-depth insight.

About The Author

Sylvie Patry is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée 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 Musée d’Orsay (November 5, 2018–January 27, 2019).

  • Publish Date: May 01, 2018
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 9-9/16
  • Pages: 312
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020380-9


"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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