Summer 1915 was no picnic for Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He was seventy-three and feeling old; mourning the death of his wife Aline; and out of sorts with his sons Pierre and Jean, both injured in combat in the war, and Claude, a bored teenager. His rheumatoid arthritis was so severe that his paint brush was tied to his hand.
This malaise lifted, and his creative imagination recharged when he hired Andrée, a young woman with a voluptuous body and a feisty personality.
There are numerous alfresco meals where there is always bread and wine, but the rest is unknown. Tant pis (means “oh well”).
Featured Image: Renoir painting by a stream. To one side are his paints; on the other side a picnic basket in easy reach. Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir.
See: J Gilles Bourdos. Renoir (2012). Screenplay by Gilles Bourdos , Jerome Tonnerre and Michel Spinosa based on Jacques Renoir’s Le Table Amoureux, 2012. Fidélité Films; Jacques Renoir Le Table Amoureux [aka Table of Lovers ]. Paris: Fayard, 2003. Published in the U.S. as Renoir an Intimate Biography (2017)