Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted the Luncheon of the Boating Party in 1880-81, when he was 40 years old. It is a large canvas, 51 x 68 inches. My beer-infused version is only 11 x 14 inches, but I feel it still captures the essence of the original composition. I call this piece the Tasting of the Beer Party! The guests are sampling some sought-after beers: Spotted Cow, Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, The Abyss, Bourbon County Stout, and 120 Minute IPA.
I have always enjoyed Renoir’s paintings. When I was 12 years old my grandmother gave me a picture book of his paintings and I have always worked to be as proficient a painter as Renoir, setting quite a high standard for myself. You can always recognize a Renoir painting, because it is the ideal Impressionist work incorporating the human figure. Monet painted in a very similar style, but rarely depicted as many people. It is also very inspirational to see a painter who was not only successful, but painted party scenes for a long full life. Renoir was nearly 80 years old when he passed. He was lucky enough to walk through the Louvre in 1919 and see his paintings hanging on the same walls as ones of the old masters! I hope you enjoy this parody of one of the best paintings of art history, and we should all hope we all live as long and full lives as Pierre-Auguste Renoir!