Late in life, Claude Monet told Marc Elder the story behind this painting:
'This delightful painting by Renoir, which I am so pleased to own, is a portrait of my first wife. It was painted in our garden at Argenteuil when Manet, enchanted by the colour and the light, had decided to do an open - air painting of pople underneath the trees. While he was working, Renoir arrived. The charm of the hour appealed to him too, and he asked me for a palette, a brush and a canvas, and then he was painting side by side with Manet. Manet watched him out of the corner of his eye and went over to look a at his canvas from time to time. He would grimace, slip over to me, point at Renoir and whisper in my ear, 'That boy has no talent. You're his friend , tell him to give up painting!' .... Isn't that funny, coming from Manet?'
Anne Distel, from the commentary section of the catalogue of a major Renoir exhibition in 1985 at the Hayward Gallery , London.
TURPS PAINTING MAGAZINE ISSUE 13
Bomberg after Auerbach after Brown by John Chilver
Tim Renshaw on John Wilkins
Stewart Geddes in conversation with Bert Irvin
Michael Szpakowski on Jake Longstreth
Turps interviews Matthew Collings and Emma Biggs
Katrina Blannin interviews Andrew Bick
Geraldine Swayne interviews Lee Maelzer
Dan Coombs interviews Tim Allen
Painters from the Turps Painting Programme
Reviews from New York City