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This thread is a copy, the original may be found here.

Welcome to our new Acrylics project, MAPS.


With this project, we aim ~



~To interpret the whole, or part, of a painting by one of the ‘Masters’ and to learn something of the life and times of the chosen painter.


~To increase our technical knowledge of the possibilities (and difficulties) of acrylic paints and learn how to achieve a particular effect from the chosen painting, but interpreted through acrylics

~To share knowledge gained with other members in the forum.


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Each project will run for two months, based on a ‘Master’ being chosen by the host, who will also provide a biography, links to background information and usable (downloadable) images of his/her paintings.
The links usually will have a zoom facility which will allow viewing in higher resolution and allow the participant to focus on an area or the whole painting.

How you interpret the work is up to you but it’s expected that this thread will provide an on-going discussion to offer mutual help and support and to share ideas and knowledge gained.

Upload your studies or works at any time for show and discussion.

Most importantly, have fun!

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Biography:
(b. Feb. 25, 1841, Limoges, France--d. Dec. 3, 1919, Cagnes)
French painter originally associated with the
Impressionist movement. His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women (e.g. , Bathers, 1884-87).
In 1854 he began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in Paris, gaining experience with the light, fresh colors that were to distinguish his Impressionist work and also learning the importance of good craftsmanship. His predilection towards light-hearted themes was also influenced by the great Rococo masters, whose works he studied in the Louvre. In 1862 he entered the studio of Gleyre and there formed a lasting friendship with
Monet, Sisley, and Bazille. He painted with them in the Barbizon district and became a leading member of the group of Impressionists who met at the Café Guerbois. His relationship with Monet was particularly close at this time, and their paintings of the beauty spot called La Grenouillère done in 1869 (an example by Renoir is in the National museum, Stockholm) are regarded as the classic early statements of the Impressionist style. Like Monet, Renoir endured much hardship early in his career, but he began to achieve success as a portraitist in the late 1870s and was freed from financial worries after the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel began buying his work regularly in 1881. By this time Renoir had 'travelled as far as Impressionism could take me', and a visit to Italy in 1881-82 inspired him to seek a greater sense of solidarity in his work. The change in attitude is seen in The Umbrellas (NG, London), which was evidently begun before the visit to Italy and finished afterwards; the two little girls on the right are painted with the feathery brush-strokes characteristic of his Impressionist manner, but the figures on the left are done in a crisper and drier style, with duller coloring. After a period of experimentation with what he called his `manière aigre' (harsh or sour manner) in the mid 1880s, he developed a softer and more supple kind of handling. At the same time he turned from contemporary themes to more timeless subjects, particularly nudes, but also pictures of young girls in unspecific settings. As his style became grander and simpler he also took up mythological subjects (The Judgment of Paris; Hiroshima Museum of Art; 1913-14), and the female type he preferred became more mature and ample. In the 1890s Renoir began to suffer from rheumatism, and from 1903 (by which time he was world-famous) he lived in the warmth of the south of France. The rheumatism eventually crippled him (by 1912 he was confined to a wheelchair), but he continued to paint until the end of his life, and in his last years he also took up sculpture, directing assistants (usually Richard Guino, a pupil of Maillol) to act as his hands (Venus Victorious; Tate, London; 1914).

Renoir is perhaps the best-loved of all the Impressionists, for his subjects---pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes, above all lovely women---have instant appeal, and he communicated the joy he took in them with great directness. `Why shouldn't art be pretty?', he said, `There are enough unpleasant things in the world.' He was one of the great worshippers of the female form, and he said `I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it.' One of his sons was the celebrated film director Jean Renoir (1894-1979), who wrote a lively and touching biography (Renoir, My Father) in 1962.


The Luncheon of the Boating Party

Dancer

Bouquet of Spring Flowers

Link for higher resolution paintings and further works by Renoir on Web Museum: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/renoir/

Link for more of Renoirs' works (for viewing purposes only) at the Art Renewal Center: http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=405

"The images compiled by the Art Renewal Center for artrenewal.org and the ARC Museum including the hi-resolution views are for on-line viewing only. These are not to be reproduced in print or for web viewing without the express permission from the Art Renewal Center."
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Renoir) April/May, 2008

looks like a winner thread you've got here janet !! ... i'm excited to try this one very much !! ... i applaud you for putting this together so well and for choosing such a fabulous artist !! ... i'm sure many will want to participate and we'll all learn, grow and have fun .... to you !!!
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Renoir) April/May, 2008

Ya know, no matter how much I participate, I think this will really help me with the different styles of painting... I see a little bit of myself in that first one (The Luncheon of the Boating Party), and I feel the same way he did... 'Why shouldn't art be pretty?'.

Excellent choice for a first master... and this tell ya how little I know of history, I didn't realize he wasn't born a lot longer ago.
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Renoir) April/May, 2008

Well - I'm delighted. (I need a bit more art history in my life) and I do like Renoir.

so now it's time to read a little, think a little, and paint a little!
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Hi Violet! Thanks so much Violet! Maureen helped alot. I'm really happy that you like it!

Hi Katlee! I'm glad you like Renoir he happpens to be one of my favorites. I did learn some interesting facts as well... I didn't realize his style changed over time. This will be my first time working from a Renoir and I'm looking forward to it. 'Why shouldn't art be pretty?' I like that quote as well... he certainly knew how to do pretty.


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so now it's time to read a little, think a little, and paint a little!

Hi Kathy! Same here... I'm going to start with the Different Strokes painting and then try and decide which Renoir I would like to do. FYI you can choose any Renoir not just the 3 in this thread.
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Great job on putting this together Janet and your choice of artist! I may give the dancer a try. It is a lot looser than I normally paint and I will probably find that a challenge. Looking forward to starting!
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Great timing! I have next week off from work so it will give me a chance to study and choose a reference (or several). Thank you so much for this challenge Janet!

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I'm so looking forward to seeing how everyone handles Renoir in acrylics!

Side comment: In college, all my art teachers hated Renoir, yet they would never say why. Does anyone have any ideas? This always drove me crazy! I always thought he did beautiful work.
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If I can find the time, I already found which one I want to try....tried a digital tutorial on it once, but never finished...so maybe I was just saving myself for this....lol.
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Renoir) April/May, 2008

Janet - thank so much for all the work on this - very interesting information and I am really looking forward to visiting this thread often to see progress - glad one can use any renoir and the time of two months - i may just manage to paint a little too!
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I have been a fan of Renoir from way back and only recently took down one of his prints from our hallway when it was being redecorated, with the intention of putting one of my own there, (which I haven't done yet). So.......I'll do my best to get started on a Renoir too.
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Wonderful choice Janet. He's one of my favorites. I'm thrilled this is starting and so hope it works well.
One of my favoite paintings of his, that I just love is the Umbrellas. It has always grabbed me when I look at it. Don't know if I can do it justice, but want to maybe give it a go, or part of it.

Problem is, I can't seem to find a good resolution reference of it. The one from your reference place is not good at all, and even the ARC doesn't even have a copy to look at. Was wondering if anyone has a site they can give me that might have a good reference of it please. Much appreciated.

MrsG_SoCal..........I heard something along the same lines from a student here in town last year, from her professor. He apparently didn't say why either. I'm wondering if perhaps they consider him too pretty, or cutsy, (can't find the right word) an impressionist, like some do now of Kincaid????

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I'm so looking forward to seeing how everyone handles Renoir in acrylics!
Me too!! I think getting the colors will be the challenge not so much the paint medium.
We've all had, or will have people think our paintings are in oils.......the difference is that Acrylic paints are brighter I think than oil paints, so we will have to tone down our colors to the references.
I've also found that using gel medium thickens the paint also gesso, for areas that you want to show your brush marks etc. for these paintings.

Ok........ so the the idea is that we can start now whenever we want, and post progress images, and ask questions, for help and suggestions, and give out information that we find, and think will be useful along the way...
Is that the general theory???
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YEPPIE, I am so in, I LOVE these master workings and interpreting in acrylics is going to be soooo challenging.
We I am off to research!
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MrsG_SoCal..........I heard something along the same lines from a student here in town last year, from her professor. He apparently didn't say why either. I'm wondering if perhaps they consider him too pretty, or cutsy, (can't find the right word) an impressionist, like some do now of Kincaid????
Maybe you're right. Not raw and "artsy" enough for art snobs.
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That's the words.....you got it!!!
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