From: The Phillips Collection Limited Edition: 16 Exhibition: The Renoir Returns: A Celebration of Masterworks at the Phillips Collection Material: Printed vinyl Dimensions: 29" x 96" (73.66cm x 243.84cm)
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While Washington, D.C.'s Phillips Collection was undergoing construction in 2003, the museum put together an unprecedented traveling exhibition of some of its most famous European masterpieces. The record-breaking four-year tour of these works ultimately was seen in seven U.S. cities as well as venues in Switzerland, Japan, Italy, and France. When the works returned to D.C., the museum highlighted the masterpieces in their own popular exhibition, "The Renoir Returns: A Celebration of Masterworks at the Phillips Collection".
These banners to promote the Phillips Collection's re-opening feature one of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's (1841-1919), most famous works, a detail of Luncheon of the Boating Party, from 1880/81. Featuring a group of friends enjoying a leisurely afternoon along the Seine, the painting epitomizes Renoir's Impressionist style in both its subject matter and its execution. Capturing the fleeting afternoon sunlight as if the elaborately composed painting had been created in one brief moment, the complex painting appears effortless. The Phillips Collection offers a wonderful in-depth background on this fascinating painting.
Above a large image of the painting, the banner features a brick red band across the top that reads "The Phillips Collection" in white text. A navy band below the painting reads "The Renoir Returns" along with the date "Beginning April 15, 2006". A final, thinner, brick red band completes the bottom of the banner. Both sides of this banner are identical
These banners were displayed around Washington, DC from April 15 through July 30, 2006 to promote the exhibition, The Renoir Returns: A Celebration of Masterworks at the Phillips Collection. This commemorated the return of the world-famous work to its permanent home at The Phillips Collection.