PICNIC ON THE GRASS (Jean Renoir, 1959)

Jean Renoir’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe takes its title from Edouard Manet’s 1863 painting. It is an ironical allusion since Renoir, in the manner of his Impressionist father, Pierre-Auguste, has bathed his images in sunlit radiance. Manet’s scene is dark because deeply forested, in part to accommodate one of the picnickers, who is naked. However, […]