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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.

Adults $30 (includes collection admission); seniors $28; students $5; members free

Member Previews: Friday, May 4–Saturday, May 5

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. The exhibition is organized by the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, and the Musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie, Paris, in collaboration with La Cinémathèque française, Paris.


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.

Related Programs

First Friday! Exhibition Preview Party
Friday, May 4, 6–9 pm
$28; Patrons, Contributors, and member guests $10; Supporters and Sustainers free
Preview the exhibition and enjoy the sounds of La Vie en Rose, playing a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day
Sunday, May 6, 10 am–5 pm
Three screenings (11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm) of Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country are offered on the first day the exhibition is open to the public! Limited seating. Running time: 40 min.

May Spotlight Tour: Renoir: Father and Son
Daily beginning Monday, May 7, noon–1:15 pm
$45; members $22 (free on Member Thursdays)
Our May tour starts in the exhibition then moves into the collection with a look at select paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir that further illuminate the rich and fascinating dialogue between father and son. 

In Focus Gallery Talk: Jean Renoir’s Vase
Monday, May 7, 2–2:30 pm
Free with admission
Roksana Filipowska, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the discussion.

Film Series: The Films of Jean Renoir
In connection with the exhibition, Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia presents The Films of Jean Renoir. Buy tickets.

  • Friday, May 11: The Crime of Monsieur Lange
  • Saturday, June 2: The Rules of the Game
  • Friday, June 29: Elena and Her Men
  • Friday, July 20: Boudu Saved from Drowning
  • Friday, August 10: French Cancan
  • Friday, August 24: The River

Lecture Series: Why We Love to Hate Renoir
Sunday, May 13, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
$10; members and students free
Martha Lucy, author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation, discusses Renoir’s reputation during the time Dr. Barnes was collecting and proposes several reasons for our discomfort with his paintings 100 years later.

In Focus Gallery Talk: Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Reading 
Monday, May 21, 2–2:30 pm
Free with admission
Miriam Stanton, a doctoral candidate in the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead a discussion about Renoir’s Reading.