As I scrolled through your post I recalled a wonderful book of the past few years. A description of the scene and the "characters" in Renoir's painting is described in Edmund de Waal's family memoir, "The Hare with Amber Eyes". If I am not mistaken his great grandfather's brother was Charles Ephrussi. (Sorry I hate "anonymous/unknown" but I am a technophobe/computer illiterate and don't know how to change it!) Susan Adler Sobol
Yes, Susan, aka Unknown!, that is the Hare with the Amber Eyes. quite the connoisseur and friend are artists in the day-an unforgettable book. pgt
How beautiful! I have often wanted to step inside this painting. Thanks for taking us on this little end of summer excursion!
What as lovely post! It is my understanding that the point made by "Unknown" is correct. "The Hare With Amber Eyes" has become a very favorite book of mine, so much so that when I travel to Paris in October, I'm going to try to find the old Ephrussi home in the Parc Monceau neighborhood. If they haven't read it, your readers might also like Susan Vreeland's book "Luncheon of the Boating Party." It's a favorite of mine also.
It is a poignant book-certainly one of my favorites of that year. Follow up on your visit if you are successful please! I will look into the Susan Vreeland book. pgt