Umbrella Trends

Jennifer at God Thru the Arts wrote of the young woman in Renoir’s painting, ”She is going about her daily routine completely unconcerned about the trend of the moment and I have to say I admire this kind of individual:”

I wholeheartedly concur! 😉
At Sunnyside

The Umbrellas c. 1881-86, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) oil on canvas, 71 x 45.2 inches, National Gallery, London.

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My Process

Most weeks, when I sit down to write my blog, I have know idea where the Spirit will take me. I have found it very helpful to have the framework of a series to latch onto and sometimes this will mean that I have a list of points I would like to make throughout the series, but in the end, I like to stay open to God’s voice and I most enjoy the unplanned little surprises I discover along the way.

Searching for the appropriate painting brought me to the doorstep of Renoir’s ambitious life-size painting called The Umbrellas. With no obvious spiritual connection, I kept searching for something else, but in the end, my heart had been captivated by this beautiful Parisian street scene and I had to stop and consider why…

Why am I so captivated by this painting? Does this somehow represent something in my life?…

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    This is such a fine painting, it’s so beautiful wish could have in my house! Exquisite

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    1. I would love it in my house, also. Perhaps a good copy would suffice….? 😉

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      1. Tanya says:

        Absolutely would look for it should be somewhere 🙂 but isn’t a marvelous painting!

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      2. Absolutely perfect in every way. Yes!

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  2. Another favorite of mine. How interesting an interpretation of an independent spirit. Umbrellas offer us protection from the sun and rain. So, for me, to be without an umbrella suggests a lack of protection or security.

    The young woman carrying an empty basket in Renoir’s painting appears to be of the working class. She’s set against a group of well-dressed people of a higher class. The poor in the midst of plenty.

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    1. That is true. A young woman independently employed (a milliner’s assistant, I think?) would need both strength of spirit and security to survive. I hope the fashionable gentleman to her right is kind enough to offer her protection from the rain at least. Thanks for your comments, Rosaliene.

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