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Upcoming Exhibition

Renoir: Father and Son / Painting and Cinema

May 6 – September 3, 2018

Exploring the works of acclaimed director Jean Renoir and the influence of his father, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on his art and life.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Landscape with Woman and Dog, 1917. BF541. Public Domain.

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About the Exhibition

Orson Welles described filmmaker Jean Renoir (1894–1979), son of renowned impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as “the greatest of all directors.” This exhibition aims to retrace chapters of Jean’s productions through the course of a rich and fascinating dialogue between father and son. If Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s artistic practice and creative universe influenced Jean’s art, Jean’s films shed light on his father’s paintings. 

Focusing on core themes in Jean’s works, such as his vision and recreation of Paris, the exhibition will examine his path to becoming a prominent international filmmaker, bringing together paintings, drawings, films, costumes, and photos—as well as the ceramics he made before he turned to cinema. The Barnes, with its collection of Jean Renoir pottery in addition to 181 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, will provide a poignant setting for exploring this complex, fruitful relationship between painting and cinema.

Exhibition Organization

This exhibition is curated by Sylvie Patry, Chief Curator/Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and Consulting Curator at the Barnes, and organized in collaboration with the Musées d’Orsay and de l’Orangerie and with the participation of La Cinémathèque française.


Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema is sponsored by: 

The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Critical support for the exhibition program comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer, Aileen and Brian Roberts, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, Laura and Bill Buck, Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Dan and Monica DiLella, Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Kay and Michael Park, Adele and Harold Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, A. Morris Williams, Jr., Michele Plante and Robert N. Wilson, Anonymous

Additional funding from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, The Rittenhouse Hotel, and other individual donors.