PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR, POR­TRAITS D’EN­FANTS (1895)

The Simple Things - - THINK -

As soon as books be­came an estab­lished part of our homes, they also be­came part of our do­mes­tic dra­mas. Here, Renoir de­picts the chil­dren of pain­ter Gus­tave Caille­botte. His daugh­ter, Geneviève, is shown mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for her el­der brother, Jean, to read ei­ther the open book, or any of the oth­ers she’s pushed to the side, for that mat­ter. © Pri­vate col­lec­tion. Josse Christophel/ Alamy Stock Photo and Thames & Hud­son

Adapted from Books Do Fur­nish a Paint­ing by Jamie Cam­plin and Maria Ranauro (Thames & Hud­son).

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