Renoir Father and Son: Painting and Cinema

6 November 2018–27 January 2019

Exhibition Overview


Pierre Bonnard, Auguste and Jean Renoir, c. 1916.

The exhibition aims to explore the fruitful and sometimes paradoxical dialogue between a father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and a son, Jean Renoir, between two artists, between painting and cinema. The points of contact between the work of the filmmaker and the painter go beyond a game of influence and transposition. Everything happens as if it is by questioning the painting of Renoir and his contemporaries and, more generally, the nineteenth century ending, that Jean forges his artistic personality and establishes his filmmaker autonomy. The exhibition returns in a new way on its role in the diffusion of the work of its father, its relations with the artistic environment and its practice of ceramist that it puts in parallel with that of the cinema, because potters and film-makers compose with the hazard.

The relationship between Pierre-Auguste and Jean is interspersed with cross-portraits, between a son who posed for his father without ever having filmed it, but who has been preparing for nearly twenty years his biography still very much read today. Through paintings, film excerpts, photographs, costumes, posters, drawings, and documents, some unpublished, this multidisciplinary exhibition explores themes (the role of the female model for example) and geographies (the Seine, Montmartre, the South) common to two works that perhaps more surely meet a taste of freedom and a deep humanity.

(Photo © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt.)

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