Diane Hark PWS, MoWS
My Impressionist Journey Through France
It seems I had
planned this trip in my dreams a hundred times. Spending a
week in Provence, France, with my husband, seeking the
hidden village of Gordes, the ochre hills of Roussillon, the
reflecting canals of L’Isle de la Sorgue, When we reached
these places that we’d read about in magazines and
newspapers, we hoped for a glimpse of Cezanne or Van Gogh
painting in the sunshine. Maybe they could offer me some
Toting art supplies on the Metro, we crossed Pont Neuf and followed in Renoir’s footsteps to this treasured spot where he painted his masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating.
Set on the river bank, surrounded by flowers and trees, “The Restaurant Fournaise” appeared in front of us looking as though it had jumped off the walls of the Art Museum. We blinked our eyes and saw Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise, with the Skiff in the background. We closed our eyes and saw it as it must have been more than 100 years ago. The Ochre color stucco used to set off brick trimmed windows, were the same as other painters had captured them. The striped awning has been replaced but allows memories to come alive.
My husband and I walked along the quay imagining the sailboats in “Springtime in Chatou”, the vacationing Parisians, umbrellas shielding women from the sun, reflections on the water. I could hardly pull myself away.
How far we had traveled to meet Renoir face to face. A week
later, gazing at the landscapes in the Renoir exhibition
didn’t know where I was, in the Museum or in Chatou.
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