The picture shows Parisians resting outside the city. The action is captured in the town of Chatou, where rowing enthusiasts just gathered. People sat under a canopy on the terrace of Furnes Restaurant.
The picture was created over several months. Renoir invited each of the characters depicted to pose separately. The result was a large group portrait.
So, in the foreground on the left is Alina Sherigo, the artist’s lover. She is young and carefree. The girl fumbles in the hands of a small dog. Behind her, leaning on the railing, is a man. This is none other than Renoir himself. He is wearing a white sleeveless shirt and a straw hat. Here he is strong and confident. The same shirt depicts a young man on the right, sitting astride a chair. He holds a cigarette in his right hand. This is an amateur artist and collector of Caillebotte. It can be seen that the men are ready for rowing.
There are a lot of fruits on the table, several bottles of wine, plates and glasses. The wine is already open and partially drunk. In the glasses his remains turn pink. The artist expertly added glare, making the glass sparkle in the sun.
At the central table sits another girl in a blue dress. She listens carefully to the interlocutor. A young man approached her. This is the Italian journalist Maggiolo.
At the central table is another restaurant table where people are sitting.
In the background, two men are talking about something. Next to them against a background of dense greenery stands a lovely girl in a straw hat. She leaned on the railing, propping her head with her right hand. This is Alfonsina Furnes, daughter of the owner of the restaurant. In the distance, the Seine river and sailboats are visible.
In the background on the right, two men are talking with a girl who straightens her hat.
In general, the picture turned out to be light, sunny, filled with paints. Heroes froze as if in random natural poses. It creates a feeling of relaxation with its relaxed atmosphere.
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