Have you seen Renoir’s painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party? It is in the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. The painting is so full of life and character that it is a joy to stand before it. Susan Vreeland ably tells the story of Renoir, his painting, his friends and the creation of this iconic work in an enjoyable and smart historical novel. You could pair this with Renoir’s Dancer, a biography that I blogged on a few months ago.