Photographer recreates Renoir painting

 In Artists & Special Collections, In the News, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Photographer Tim Cole’s recreation of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Image captured from The Telegraph.

A London-based photographer took on the daunting task of recreating dining scenes from the works of artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

An article in The Telegraph reports that photographer Tim Cole was commissioned by furniture retailer IKEA to pay tribute to some of art history’s finest depictions of mealtimes.

The collection includes Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” Vincent van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters” and James Hooper’s “Nighthawks.” The photos were contextualized for modern times, but the compositions remain the same as the original artwork.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boat Party.” (Photo courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons)

What do you think? Did Cole faithfully capture the compositions? Do the photos inspire the same feelings as their source material?

French artist Renoir was one of the leading and most popular painters of the Impressionist style. His early years produced colorful landscapes, and the idealized nudes of his later years draw upon luminous qualities and visions of a forgotten world. Park West Gallery’s masterworks collection is one of the world’s best, showcasing works by artists such as Renoir.

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