As promised, here is another painting dedicated to my hero, Pierre-August Renoir. This time it is an oil painting dating back to the eighties.
The painting is roughly the same size as the original, (As far as the figure goes) There were around ten figures in Renoir's original. My version covers a small portion on the lower left of the work.
The girl holding the dog is Aline Charigot. She eventually married the painter in 1889, and they had three children; Pierre, Jean and Claude.
Jean Renoir, the second eldest son, became famous in the film world as a director, with 'Grand illusion' and 'The rules of the game' among his credits.
In 1962 Jean wrote a fascinating book about his father. The book, 'Renoir my father' is still available on Amazon. It is a wonderful story about life in the late 19th century. Lots of facts - Lots of intimate details are shared about Renoir and his family. It is a wonderful book to own if you follow the work of the French Impressionist group.