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Mon, 18 Dec 2017

Ephrussi’s Invaluable Support

by Experiment Station
Of all the people depicted in Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, perhaps the most vital to the artist's emerging reputation at the time was Charles Ephrussi. As a critic, collector, and advocate, Ephrussi offered Renoir valuable support and introduced him to a number of prominent members of society who commissioned him to paint their portraits.