Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia


This exhibition examines the artistic exchange between the renowned Impressionist painter and his son the celebrated filmmaker Jean Renoir. It unites over 120 works, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, films, costumes, photographs, and posters – many never before shown in the US — for an illuminating exploration of Pierre-Auguste’s role in his son’s oeuvre and the relationship between painting and cinema.

Jean Renoir served as his father’s model at the beginning of the 20th century, and witnessing the development of Pierre-Auguste’s late manner shaped his career and filmmaking. Jean once wrote: ‘I have spent my life trying to determine the extent of the influence of my father upon me.’ Framed as a dialogue between father and son, the exhibition draws attention to Jean’s relationship to Pierre-Auguste’s artistic world, his perspective on his father’s work, and the portrayal of painters and the creative process in his films. Find out more about the Renoir exhibition from the Barnes Foundation’s website. 

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The Artist's Family, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Artist’s Family (1896), Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The Barnes Foundation, BF819

Still from the film Picnic on the Grass (1959), directed by Jean Renoir. © 1959 Studiocanal

Jean Renoir during the filming of Paris does Strange Things (1956) with actors Mel Ferrer and Ingrid Bergman (photo 1956). © Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

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