Friday, April 27, 2007

Fine Art Friday

The Seine at Asnieres (1879)
National Gallery, London

The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth, which sweeps you along in his passion. --Renoir

During nap-time reading this week, Luke and I chose Sharing with Renoir. When we reached this painting I just wanted to jump in. I am partial to impressionist paintings to begin with, but gazing at this painting...I felt carried away. There is something timeless about it. I can practically feel the cool blue water, the light breeze, the soft sunshine. I want to pack a picnic lunch and my current read and float all day. Maybe after a few hours, I would meander up to the terrace and have tea and scones. Possibly chocolate dipped strawberries. Care to join me?

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