Develop Characters with Renoir

The Luncheon of the Boating Party (TPC) is a dynamic work that possesses every possible social interaction. Pastoral dwellers pass the time with Parisians while politicians parley with poets. This picture affords wonderful opportunities to discuss character types.

Imagine that this picture represents a scene in a novel. Who is the main character, and what is their story?

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, Auguste Renoir, The Phillips Collection
[Image: http://www.phillipscollection.org]

Try to identify the dynamic and static characters.  Who would the main character’s foil be? 

You might also draw inspiration from the true identities of those pictured.  Each person represents someone in Renoir’s circle.  Visit this page at The Phillips Collection website to learn more.

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