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today’s birthday: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841)


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841)

Renoir’s paintings number in the thousands and are notable for their saturated color, vibrant light, and warm sensuality. Early in his career, Renoir developed a close relationship with Claude Monet and became a celebrated artist of the Impressionist style. At times the two painters worked side-by-side, creating several pairs of paintings that depict the same scenes. Though crippled with rheumatoid arthritis in his later life, Renoir continued to paint. How did he manage to do so? More… Discuss

Paintings by RENOIR & Music by RAVEL

Claude Debussy – Children’s Corner



Children’s Corner is a suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy dedicated to his daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”), who was three years old at the time. It was published in 1908, and was given its world première in Paris by Harold Bauer on December 18 of that year. There are six pieces in the suite, each with an English-language title. This choice of language is most likely Debussy’s nod towards Chou-Chou’s English governess. The pieces are:

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (0:00)
– Jimbo’s Lullaby (2:09)
– Serenade for the Doll (5:47)
– The Snow is Dancing (8:28)
– The Little Shepherd (11:05)
– Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (13:50)

Pianist: Benjamin Moser
Picture: Children at the Beach at Guernsey, Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

 

Today’s Birthday: Edgar Degas (1834)


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Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its “appalling ugliness”? More… Discuss