Renoir frames to be a permanent display
JUST as it inspired Renoir, Moulin Huet’s framing fixtures depicting the scenes the artist painted will hopefully inspire many more Renoirs to come to the island or at least see visits from islanders keen to make the most of their staycation as it becomes a permanent part of the valley walk.
The frames were initially set up temporarily by Art for Guernsey to mark the centenary of the death of French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir last year.
But a planning application to keep the frames and information signs, known as A Journey Through The Eyes Of A Master, was successful and they will remain in place.
Art for Guernsey’s Jock Pettitt said the organisation was thrilled that they would be able to stay there for both islanders and someday soon for tourists to come and appreciate what Renoir saw.
‘This has been over a year in the process and I remember coming with A4 pieces of paper trying to pinpoint exactly where Renoir stood,’ he said.
‘We got carried away with what we pictured as a dedication to him with the frames, which are really fitting because he really valued ornate frames to display the scenes in, so we’ve tried to echo that here with a contemporary twist.
‘It was the overwhelming support from everyone that has visited them that motivated us to apply for permission for them to stay here and we’re glad they can.’
The walk, beginning at the former Moulin Huet Pottery building, takes in views that inspired five of Renoir’s paintings – Moulin Huet Bay Through The Trees, Fog In Guernsey, Children At The Seaside, Guernsey, View Of Guernsey and The Moulin Huet Coast.
The frames also have QR codes, which walkers can scan with their smart devices to hear a narrative on the pieces by Cyrille Sciama, general director of the Museum of Impressionism.
Inaugurating the walk and officially declaring the fixtures open, the Lt-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, who has joined the extended Art for Guernsey family, said visitors could continue to be able to look through the eyes of a genius.
‘I think it is extremely important to remember the places that were an attraction for the most iconic art and literary figures,’ he said.
‘Experts tell me when these figures, like Renoir and Victor Hugo before him, came to Guernsey their time here was transformative, so to be able to have the chance to look through the eyes of these people at our own island would be extremely educational.’
. Renoir visited Guernsey in 1883 and worked on 15 paintings during his stay, all showing views of Moulin Huet.