“Art is about emotion; if it needs to be explained, it is no longer art.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
One of the fathers of the Impressionist period, French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir honed in on the beauty of small, intimate human moments in his paintings. From hanging out at the opera to walking in the park, Renoir’s subjects are often artfully captured in candid moments – we like to think that he’s one of the 19th century’s greatest people watchers. To celebrate his 176th birthday today, we’re rounded up some of our favorite paintings of his (although with over a thousand paintings in his repertoire, it’s hard to choose), as well as our favorite modern-day responses to the French impressionist’s work:
1. La Grenouillère (1869)
2. La Loge (1874)
3. Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette (1875)
4. Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-81)
5. Unsurprisingly, there have been quite a few responses to Renoir’s prolific work. Here are a few of our favorites: Renoir 2.0, a biped robot that paints in Renoir’s traditional broad Impressionist brushstrokes, artist Thierry Guetta’s painting of a famous American TV family in the style of Renoir, and the endless (and obsessive) quest to discover a Renoir painting’s true colors.
At Classic Specs, we’re always inspired by artists – the way they live, the way they think, and the beautiful things they create. And we love working with them, too. Check out our Classic Specs Artist Collaboration Series to see the glasses and sunglasses we’ve made with artists Jean Jullien, Margherita Urbani, and Tim Lahan.
Framework Magazine is a digital arts magazine that explores the stories behind the creative people and the beautiful things they create that inspire us at Classic Specs. Founded in 2015, Framework Magazine explores everything from the stories of artists, photographers, designers, and other creative professionals working in Brooklyn, New York to the vintage styles of the mid to late twentieth century that inspired the styles and shapes of the glasses and sunglasses we create at Classic Specs. Whether you’re an artist or an art enthusiast, we’re focused on helping you live a creative life, every single day. If you’re looking to the next art gallery to check out in your city, we curate a guide to art galleries and openings in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles every week to make sure that you’re up-to-date with the art scene happening around you. Love a pair of Classic Specs but aren’t sure how to style them? Check out our Instagram style guides, which show you how bloggers and influencers on social media style our glasses and sunglasses. If you’re going for more of a retro inspired look, read our vintage style guides to learn how to choose and style your glasses and sunglasses like fashion icons Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Audrey Hepburn. We’ve also got plenty of interior design inspiration in our What’s On Your Wall? series, where we invite artists from all over the world to show us what their art walls look like at home. We’re inspired by the lives of artists and creatives at Classic Specs, and we want to inspire you to live creatively, every day.