Ivo Pogorelich: Für Elise

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Box at the Theater (At the Concert), 1880, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute

“Renoir made several paintings of spectators at theaters or concerts—a subject that explores the theme of seeing and being seen. Although the artist may have begun the painting as a portrait of specific individuals, he later reworked it to present two women whose identities and relationship are unknown. The subdued lighting and clearly defined forms suggest that Renoir was beginning to modify his experimental painting techniques by adopting a more traditional approach, as several critics noted when the work was first exhibited in 1882.”

The Clark Art Institute

Hat Tip

Claudio Capriolo at la regina gioiosa introduced me to this video. Read about the controversy in his post Falsi Celebri.

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


18 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    Every Christmas, I hang a tiny beribboned wind-up music box from my tree. It was my mother’s, and it plays “Für Elise.”

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    1. How special! I have childhood memories of this piece, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, shoreacres. 🙂

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  2. Good morning, Sunnyside!!!☀️ Für Elise was one of the first songs I learned to play on the piano; it holds a very special place in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to wake up to it. The painting is divine! Once again, I’ve never seen it before. Without you, there would be no arts and finery in my life. You take me back to when my Grandmother was alive. Thank you!

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    1. Good morning, Susan! Every time I hear this song I am transported back to my childhood piano. It was also my favorite piece to play. Thanks for sharing you memories. 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Sunnyside! Have a lovely weekend!!

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      2. You have a lovely weekend, also, Susan! ❤️

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  3. Great painting and wonderful music! Thanks a lot for sharing 💙💙💙

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    1. I appreciate your visit, Luisa. ❤️🙂

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      1. My pleasure 💐💐💐

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  4. janicetv says:

    That’s very beautiful.

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    1. I am happy you enjoy it, too, Janet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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      1. janicetv says:

        🙏 can’t wait for more

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  5. Love her facial expression. A master at work.

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    1. A master, indeed! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene. 🙂

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  6. That is a beautiful painting.

    I once met Renoir’s grandson (or it might have been his great-grandson) Manuel Renoir at a Chinese restaurant in Edmonton.

    He owned a company Renoir Mineral Water that bottled mineral water from a mineral spring in Alberta.

    I don’t know if the company is still in business or not.

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    1. How interesting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dracul. 🙂

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