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The Two Sisters On the Terrace

The Two Sisters On the Terrace, 1881 — Pierre-Auguste Renoir
100 cm80 cm

The Two Sisters On the Terrace is an Impressionist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1881. It lives at the Art Institute of Chicago in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain. Source

Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted this delightful homage to springtime, youth, and beauty on the terrace of the Fournaise family's restaurant on the Seine River at Chatou—where, six years before, he had made Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise. The painting was already under way by April 19, 1881, when, at lunch in Chatou with the American painter James McNeill Whistler, Renoir spoke of postponing a planned trip to London: "The weather is fine and I have my models; that's my only excuse." The young woman in this painting wears the blue flannel dress favored by lady boaters at the time. She and the girl at her side were not actually related. The art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel invented the title Two Sisters when he bought the painting from Renoir in July 1881.

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