(French: Le déjeuner des canotiers) is a celebrated lithograph by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
This original lithograph is signed by Jacques Renoir for the purposes of authentication. It measures approx 24-1/4" x 18" (image); paper size 30" x 22". Top and left margins are cut clean, with the other two edges having sculpted edges. The print is signed in pencil by Renoir in the lower right margin and numbered in the lower left margin. The work is printed on Arches France wove paper with watermark.
The painting depicts a group of Renoir's friends relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise along the Seine river in Chatou, France. The painter and art patron, Gustave Caillebotte, is seated in the lower right. Renoir's future wife, Aline Charigot, is in the foreground playing with a small dog.
The diagonal of the railing serves to demarcate the two halves of the composition, one densely packed with figures, the other all but empty, save for the two figures of the proprietor's daughter Louise-Alphonsine Fournaise and her brother, Alphonse Fournaise, Jr, which are made prominent by this contrast. In this lithograph Renoir has captured a great deal of light. The main focus of light is coming from the large opening in the balcony, beside the large singleted man in the hat. The singlets of both men in the foreground and the table-cloth all work together to reflect this light and send it through the whole composition.