The pattern on silk textile presents a fragment of the painting La Grenouillère, which was created in 1869 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the most outstanding representatives of French Impressionism. A majestic landscape, which could be seen from the restaurant on the island of la Grenouillère, was an inspiration for this work. La Grenouillère island was a fashionable meeting place for Parisian upper crust in the second half of the 19th century. The location on the coast of the Seine and a good rail communication created this location as a favourite holiday resort for the young representatives of the French bourgeoisie. La Grenouillère was also admired by artists, who, inspired by the beauty of its nature, were trying to maintain the ephemeral beauty of the moment – such characteristically for Impressionism. Not only Auguste Renoir, but also Claude Monet created numerous attempts to perpetuate the charm of this place.
The dominant colour of this work is the green of the coastal flora, whose various shades are reflected in the blue water, creating at the same time glints of light. Viewers attention is primarily focused on the colourful, although muted and soft, crowd – an expression of popularity of the island. Shady blacks clearly highlight wooden elements, and the impressionist technique allows admirers to absorb every detail of this oil pice of art, making possible to immerse in the surroundings as good as the painted crowd could one day. Water glitters in surroundings shades, floral colours blend together creating a one-colour, although different-coloured mixture. Thanks to the light glints it is difficult to notice the moment of transition between water and flora, only near the bottom end of this painting the colour of the sky becomes a dominant shade. It is worth paying attention to the way clothes are presented, whose colours do not differ from the presented surroundings. The dimensions of the real image are 66 by 81 centimetres, the BelleArt pocket square has a pattern of the central fragment, which is decorated with a simple frame in a consistent bottle-green colour – it is supposed to fulfil functional values without diverting attention from a work of art.
This painting can be admired in National Museum in Stockholm.