Once in early summer late seventies, my long-time friend Finlay and I decided to visit The National Gallery in Dublin.
As neither of us had any money nor means of getting about, we had to hitch-hike from the uncultured North, to see an exhibition of paintings by the wonderful French Impressionists. They were on loan from London’s Tate
We reached Trinity College by mid-afternoon,and ten minutes later having strolled through the delightful Merrion Square with its superb Georgian Architecture, reached the gallery
There were so many beautiful paintings by various European painters
but what we wanted to see were the French Impressionists, a long time favourite group of ours. They are to me probably the most famous group of Geniuses in Art ever assembled at one time ;the Pre-Raphaelites included. And I love all things Victorian.
This Art Movement featured Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Alfred Sisley Edgar Degas and of course Pierre Auguste Renoir
We arrived at the Impressionist room and I immediately saw Renoir’s famous painting “Les Parapluies”
After admiring the great work of Art a very large painting, I looked around and saw that the Assistant had turned his attention to other visitors , I tentatively touched the oil paint at the girls’ legs and hoop
It was a lovely moment(obviously, It was not under glass)And I have now that sublime memory
It is an oil-on-canvas painting, painted in two phases in the 1880s, and is owned by the National Gallery in London as part of the Lane Bequest, but is displayed alternately in London and Dublin
It is at present on loan to The National Gallery, Dublin (2013 – 2019 Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)