J. Seward Johnson’s Sculpture “Were you Invited?”

Were You Invited

J. Seward Johnson’s Were You Invited? is based upon French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir’s nineteenth-century masterpiece, The Luncheon of the Boating Party.  In this specially designed and landscaped environment, viewers can actually step into the scene and mingle with the diners.  In addition to the members of the Impressionist’s boating party are four figures seated around another table at the far end of the tableau. Joined in convivial conversation are realistic representations of sculptor Johnson himself with artists Bill Barrett, Red Grooms, and Andrzej Pitynski.  A dashing character in period costume brandishes his cane and addresses those at the table asking, “Were you invited?”  Phillip Bruno, collector and art gallery director, posed for this gentleman keeping out the party crashers.  Since 1994, Johnson has been creating lifesized three-dimensional works based on well-known paintings that, as Johnson has said, “allow an intimacy with the paintings that the paintings don’t allow themselves.”

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Progress post 8 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

Progress painting of 5’x6′ painting, inspired by Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. Painting is 70 percent complete. The male figure to the right and the bottles and glasses in the foreground have been painted in more detail. More artwork by Mary Hatch can be seen at the website www.arciart.com

Hatch painting inspired by Renoir "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

ww Hatch painting inspired by Renoir “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

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Progress post 7 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

The oil painting replica of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” is 65 percent finished. It is 5’x6′, and detailed. I am moving forward and progressing with the painting which has “figure/still life and landscape”, all in one painting. More artwork by Mary Hatch can be seen on http://www.arciart.com

Progress Painting Replica of Renoir's   "Luncheon of the Boating Party"

. Progress Painting Replica of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

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Progress post 6 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

2013-01-18_Progress_LuncheonoftheBoatingPartyThis full size copy. approximately 5’x6′, of the original “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Renoir has been “blocked out”, sketched with an acrylic paint background. The medium of the painting will be finished out with oil paint when the composition is finalized in the acrylic paint sketch phase.  Earlier posts are made of the progress of the painting, if you would like to check them out on my WordPress blog. The painting was started in Kentucky, when I was working there, then I shipped it back home to Dallas, then I brought it with me, where I am currently living, to North Carolina.

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Progress post 5 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

Progress painting .

Progress painting .

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Progress post 4 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

2012-12-6_Progress_LuncheonoftheBoatingPartyDecember 4, 2012

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Progress Post 3 of the painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party”

2012-11-15_Progress_LuncheonoftheBoatingPartyDecember 3, 2012

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