Posts Tagged ‘Pierre-Auguste Renoir’

Pleasures of Paris

Friday, September 6th, 1991

in a moment, the door will swing back shut, and the cafe will disap­pear, and then the street singer will vanish, into the street, into the night, never to be seen again. Only here, in this painting, where she is forever caught in the golden net of the Paris night at the moment when she stepped out through the swinging door, onto the street, and into our dreams.

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The Cone Collection

Sunday, January 28th, 1990

The CONE sisters collected art because they loved it and wanted to live with it. Their art collec­tion became an emblem of their secret selves — a vision of the rich­ness of their inner lives. Many of the images here show women the same expres­sion on their face — a look of content­ment, complete­ness, and self-fulfill­ment.

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Radio Days

Sunday, October 13th, 1985

Some­thing magical happened when the micro­phone was turned on: all my doubts disap­peared. I devel­oped the habit of reading every­thing out loud, so my writing became more natural and tuned into my voice. I had a huge audi­ence. For the first time in my life, people were listening to what I had to say, and I loved it.

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Renoir: A Lesson in Happiness

Saturday, December 1st, 1984

His hands were terribly deformed. Rheuma­tism had cracked the joints, bending the thumb toward the palm and the other fingers toward the wrist. Visi­tors who weren’t used to it couldn’t take their eyes off this muti­la­tion. Their reac­tion, which they didn’t dare express, was: ‘It’s not possible. With those hands, he can’t paint these pictures. There’s a mystery!’ The mystery was Renoir himself.”

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