11 Pierre‑Auguste  Renoir

Dance in the Country, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

This is the final week that you can see Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It ends September 13, 2015.

 

Chinese character: 雷
Chinese character: 諾Simplified Chinese: 诺
Chinese character: 瓦
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Renoir is transliterated as 雷諾瓦 (léi nuò wǎ), my preference, or 雷諾阿 (léi nuò ā).

 

雷 (léi) is thunder. The top half of the character means rain (雨). It’s easy to identify with those water drops. The bottom half is field (田); it looks just like a piece of land sectioned into four parts.

 

There is a term, 雷電 (léi diàn), which also means thunder.

 

Chinese character: 雷
Chinese character: 電Simplified Chinese: 电
雷 (léi) is thunder and 電 (diàn) is electric. If you look closely, 電 is identical to 雷 except it has a tail coming down in the middle. Picture the lightning striking down from the thunder (雷) and producing electricity (電).

 

Do you still remember the 諾 (nuò) character we learned on Sunday with the name 諾亞 (nuò yǎ), Noah?

 

The Impressionists Clip - Letter from Renoir

 

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Renoir’s works:

Dance in the Country, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Dance in the City, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Dance at Bougival, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Picture Fund) Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

These three paintings are housed in two different museums in different countries. It’s a rare opportunity in Philadelphia this week that you can see them displayed next to each other.

 

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