Pierre-Auguste and Jean Renoir Father and Son Together Again at the World Renowned Barnes
The Barnes is one of the great treasures of Philadelphia and it’s been far too long since we’ve been there. Home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings, the museum is worth a visit anytime, but the upcoming exhibition Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema gives us the perfect reason for a return trip.
Orson Welles described filmmaker Jean Renoir, son of renowned impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as “the greatest of all directors.” As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His films La Grande Illusion and The Rules of the Game are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made.
This exhibition aims to retrace chapters of Jean’s production through the course of a rich and fascinating dialogue between father and son. If Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s artistic practice and creative universe influenced Jean’s art, Jean’s films shed light on his father’s paintings. The New York Times wrote in his obituary, “In searching for material, Jean Renoir said, he looked for stories that overflowed their frames. The images he placed on the screen were not razor‐ sharp and crosscut. His skill was in soft focus and depth of field.”
Focusing on core themes in Jean’s works, such as his vision and recreation of Paris, the exhibition will examine his path to becoming a prominent international filmmaker. It looks at Jean’s productions through the lens of the strong and fruitful relationship between painting and cinema. Framed within a rich and fascinating dialogue between a father and a son, it will demonstrate how painting and cinema illuminate each other in numerous ways. Focusing on core themes in Jean’s films, the exhibition will explore issues raised by the invention of new images—first by a major artistic movement, Impressionism, and, second, by a new mode of expression, the cinema. The exhibition will bring together paintings, drawings, films, costumes, photographs, posters, and manuscripts. Most of them have never been shown in the US; some are still unpublished. The Barnes Foundation, with its collection of Jean Renoir ceramics in addition to 180 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, will provide a poignant setting for exploring this complex, fruitful relationship between painting and cinema.
Our visit will begin with a short overview of the Barnes Foundation and the history of Dr. Barnes. You’ll then be on your own to explore both the Renoir exhibit and Collection. Throughout the museum, the Art Team will be on hand to answer questions, engage in interpretive discussions and give 5 minute pop-up talks on the galleries. Of course, you’ll want to leave plenty of time for lunch and to shop at the exquisite gift shop.
We’re sure this day will leave a lasting impression on you!
Saturday, June 23 @ $150.00 (Payment in full)
Departing Oheb at 7:30 am, serving a full breakfast en route. Lunch on your own. 2:30 depart for Baltimore, serving cold drinks and snacks with an approximate arrival time of 4:15 pm.