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Renoir, My Father (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – September 30, 2001
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Original Language: French
About the Author
Robert L. Herbert is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College. Among his publications are "Seurat's Drawings "(1962), "Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society "(1988), "Monet on the Normandy Coast: Tourism and Painting "(1994), "Nature's Workshop: Renoir's Writings on the Decorative Arts "(2000), and "Seurat: Drawings and Paintings "(2001). Neil Harris is Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Among his publications is "Chicago's Dream, a World's Treasure: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1893-1993 "(1993).
Top Customer Reviews
Jean Renoir is a very famous artist in his own right, having made numerous films and become one of the most acclaimed directors in French cinema history. Here he has taken great pains to paint a fine portrait of his renowned father, this time with a pen. He has succeeded admirably.
As we get to know Renoir we get to know his contemporaries, too. Jean Renoir writes about Monet, Cezanne, Manet, Sisley and many other great artists. We learn many "little known" facts, such as Monet's penchant for lace and his "artful" way with the ladies.
Paris really comes alive in this book. Many of the places Renoir writes about still exist and can be visited today. This book makes any art lover's trip to Paris more meaningful whether he's a Renoir fan or not.
When reading this book, one must remember that this is not a "run of the mill" biography. This is a son writing about the father he adored. The portrait we are given is very intimate, detailed and loving. It's obvious that Jean Renoir adored his father, just as Auguste Renoir adored his family.
Ultimately, this book is a beautiful tribute from a loving son to a father who was one of history's consummate artists. If you have any interest at all in art, this is one book you simply must not pass up. The last page alone will break your heart.
speaking with him through his son. While it is
true that these are the recollections of a son,
the father comes through in a way that is rarely
contradicted by other primary sources. I have
read it many times and always find a new gem with each reading. If you want to get to know Renior the man, this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An unusually intimate biography by the son of one of the greatest and most important artists in modern history, written by one of the great, groundbreaking filmmakers of his era.Published 12 months ago by Barry shapiro
This sweet and gentle book of recollections by Auguste Renoir's son, Jean, is literate and well formed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zarda
Easy to read for a not native speaker. The point of view of Renoir's son is remarkable and he uses his cinematographic view of the scenes.Published 18 months ago by Martha Núñez Ch
If you're going to Paris anytime soon, read this biography. Besides getting to know Renoir, you can see what Paris looked like before Hausmann re-built it, the neighborhoods it... Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Brenda C Dailey
I was eager to read this story of Renoir's life from his son's perspective. I am a big fan of the Impressionist Painters and Renoir is without a doubt the very best. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Gloria Mitchell
If you buy this for a friend, get two, you'll probably wish to read it again.
His writing is so visual, & evokes those times as no other book I've read. Read more
I am barely into this book and look forward to setting aside the time to pick it up again soon to finish it.Published on July 15, 2013 by Gandolfa Stegmann
One of the most beautiful memoirs ever, not only about Renoir the painter, but about the world long gone of 19th century France. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by toronto