It’s been nearly 140 years since renowned French artist Pierre-August Renoir stepped foot on the Channel Island of Guernsey for a five-week stay that ended up transforming his artistic style forever.
Now, some of his paintings are returning to the place where they were first created, as part of a one-off art exhibition.
Renoir in Guernsey, 1883 is the brainchild of local organisation Art for Guernsey and brings together a dozen Renoir works – including nine of the 15 paintings he made on the island – from museums and private collections around the world.
Works on display include Marine, Guernesey on loan from the Musée D’Orsay; Baie de Moulin-Huet à Guernesey from the National Gallery; Baie de Salerne ou Paysage de Midi from the Musée d’art Moderne in Le Havre; and Brouillard à Guernesey on loan from the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Art for Guernsey founder David Ummels said: “It’s brilliant to see this one-of-a-kind exhibition coming to life before our eyes. Guernsey inspired Renoir and fundamentally changed his painting style, and we only hope that our exhibition is able to inspire others in the same way.”
If that stirs up some artistic inspiration, here are five ways to walk in the footsteps of Renoir on a visit to Guernsey.