Renoir painted a vase of roses, which I know only from a book.  His “Roses mousseuses” of 1890 (now in the Musee d’Orsay, Paris) has enchanted me from the first day I encountered it.  I know it must be a thousand-fold more lovely seen in real life.  I copy Renoir’s flowers every once in a while to reexperience their magic, to feel the full force of the enchantment.

This copy appears in a small Moleskin notebook, done with Uniball Signo gel pen.

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8 thoughts on “Renoir’s flowers

  1. I just looked it up. The site I looked at translate “mousseuses” as “sparkling.” Now I’m wondering how the painting got that title.

    A French site offers these: écumeuse, écumante, baveuse 2 vaporeuse, pétillante, légère, éthérée [antonyme] massive
    3 champagnisée, spumeuse.

    Could it be something like “champagne roses”?

    Perhaps is a variety of rose. Doing an image search, most the images were of Renoir’s painting. Noteably not Renoir, however, was this one that leads to a Rose Mousseuse:
    http://www.univers-feerique.fr/article-contes-et-legendes-la-rose-mousseuse-par-h-a-guerber-49000959.html

  2. Okay, now that I’ve read the story. (It wasn’t as hard as I thought!) I’m thinking it’s a mossy rose?

    Still confused, but now I learn that Love has blue eyes.

    You learn something new everyday.

  3. tack!
    belles rosor mousseuses, un flertalet av Etrange KNOPPAS des roses.thnaks till delning.

    Google translate: thank you! belles roses sparkling uses, during most of Etrange BURGEON des roses.thnaks for sharing

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