The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD,
Senior Contributing Editor.
By the time he had reached forty, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
had grown weary of Impressionism, the very style he, along with Monet, Sisley,
and Bazille, had introduced with such enthusiasm only a half dozen years earlier.
Indeed, Renoir had been one of the principal organizers of the first Impressionist
exhibit in Paris in 1874, but by the end of the 1870s he was having serious
doubts about his commitment to the group and abandoned their exhibits to return
to the Salon. The decision was "purely commercial," he later told a friend.
Never confident of his own abilities, he needed the official approval of the
academics and critics if he were to sell his works to the public. Yet in those
early years of Impressionism, he had completed some of his most memorable
works, notably Ball at the Moulin de la Galette (1876,
now at the Louvre) and what is quite possibly the most beloved of all his
works, The Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881, The
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC) (JAMA cover, June 22/29, 1994).
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