Renoir’s Chrysanthemums

As I noted in last year’s post on All Souls’ Day, chrysanthemums in France are the flowers of the dead. This is a time to remember our departed loved ones, not only to mourn and pray for them, but also to express our gratitude for the all too brief moments spent with them in this world.

To illustrate this post, I was tempted to reuse last year’s beautiful Emile Friant painting, but decided to share with you this Renoir from the Chicago Art Institute, admired in June on the occasion of the Historical Novel Society Conference.

Renoir Chrysanthemums

Renoir Chrysanthemums

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