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Le Grenouillere

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La Grenouillere was one of the new recreation centres of the Paris suburbs on Croissy Island near Bougival. An entrepreneur named Seurin had moored two converted barges by the popular bathing place, which provided dining and dancing facilities. A footbridge connected the island with a small circular islet, called the Camembert because of its shape.

In the summer of 1869, Monet and Renoir sketched together here. Liberated from academic convention by the fact that these are in a sense 'sketches', the seemingly erratic brushstrokes reproduce perfectly the sparkle of the water, the light on the trees and the movement of the boats. When comparing the two, you see that Renoir's colours have a more pastel, rococo flavour than Monet's and his touch similarly seems softer and gentler. Renoir manages to cast a balmy hazy spell over the entire scene. Renoir painted four versions of this scene - one of the islet, two of the river bank, and one of the footbridge connecting Croissy Island to the islet.

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