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Renoir's Remarkable

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Renoir's Remarkable

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Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum has an exhibition that shouldn't be missed. "Renoir's Portraits: Impressions of An Age" is well worth the trip across the Red River before the exhibition closes on April 26.

The 65 paintings put a "face" on the world of Impressionists and include some of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's most celebrated and beloved works.

This exhibit by Renoir (1841-1919) spans his entire 60-year career of painting commissioned portraits as well as those of his wide circle of family, friends and acquaintances. The display was organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kimbell Art Museum, which originated the idea of the exhibit. One of Renoir's more famous paintings, "The Boating Party," belongs to the Phillips Collection and was on exhibit in Oklahoma City several years ago. His paintings not only reflected the ambiance of late 19th-century Paris but also fellow Parisians from the cosmopolitan families of France to the woman who served as nanny to his children -- he painted about 200 different portraits of her. Two pictures rarely seen in exhibitions, "Dance at Bougival" and "Children's Afternoon at Wargemont" are highlights of the Renoir show. Also on view are several self-portraits as well as paintings of his good friend, Claude Monet, and Monet's wife, Camille. His famous "Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando" and "The White Pierrot" (his second son, Jean) are breathtaking. The special tickets for this major exhibition are $10 each, $8 for seniors age 60 and over and students with I.D., and $6 for children ages 6-11. It is best call ahead if you're going to be there on a weekend because this show is drawing great crowds. Museum hours are 10 a.m.. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday each week. While you're in the neighborhood, go across the street and see the IMAX through March 26 when it will be replaced by another film about climbing Mount Everest. Dining in the rain A couple of months ago, local ad man Larry Bledsoe called to tell me about a super new restaurant where he and his wife dined at Disney World. Name of the place is the Rainforest Cafe. Lo and behold, on our quick trip to Dallas-Fort Worth, we found a Rainforest Cafe in Grapevine, Texas, at the Grapevine Mills, a 1.5 million-square-foot shopping mall. (When did they start calling them mills instead of malls?) This place not only is filled with happy diners but also with elephants, gorillas, crocodiles, iguanas and a cheetah (none live) and four live parrots. The parrots entertain the guests waiting to enter the restaurant. Be warned, there's a line to sign up for a table -- 30 to 40 minutes -- where you are assigned a name and an "adventure" time. Then it's a wait until your name is called. …

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