Quick write: Tapping into the genius of Renoir


Behold the masterpiece “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, celebrated French artist known for his Impressionist style.

"Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The painting depicts several of Renoir’s friends, fellow painters and even his future wife who is holding the pup in the foreground.

Take some time to study the image and then write a word portrait. From whose vantage point would you write?

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There is so much happening in the scene where Renoir demonstrates a real gift for capturing the authenticity of the moment. Which of the characters speak to you? What details are most arresting?

If you had to say, how does this painting inspire and inform your current writing project?


Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at kerrismabee.comFollow @EducatedWriter.


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