(Photo: Lane Turner/Boston Globe)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the leading French painters of the Impressionist movement. He painted scenes of everyday life in France, portraits, landscapes, and nudes. He was world famous in his own day and remains loved and appreciated in art museums around the world.
But don't tell that to Max Geller, the owner of the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting. He and his compatriots are appalled that the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has chosen to exhibit Renoir's work. That's why on Monday they protested in front of the museum. MassLive reports:
One sign harkened to ones held by members of the Westboro Baptist Church, read "GOD HATES RENOIR." Another read, "We're not iconoclasts, Renoir just SUCKS at painting." One kept it simple, stated, "reNOir." [...]
The small group chanted protests in unison such as, "Other art is worth our while, Renoir paints a steaming pile."
-via Kevin D. Williamson