The dispute over Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s credibility as a great Impressionist painter rages on, as the artist’s great-great-granddaughter, Genevieve Renoir, has lashed back at haters protesting that Renoir “sucks at painting” by taking to social media to defend her ancestor.
Her post on Instagram comes after protestors rallied outside Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on October 5 2015 brandishing signs denouncing Renoir for “sucking at painting” and mimicking the infamous Westboro Baptist Church with a placard reading “God hates Renoir”. In response to this hate, Genevieve Renoir replied on Instagram, saying “When your great-great-grandfather paints anything worth $78.1 million, then you can criticize. In the meantime, it is safe to say that the free market has spoken and Renoir did NOT suck at painting.” This was then followed by a stream of emojis, the hashtag #WORTHIT and a link to a Wikipedia page of the most expensive paintings. Renoir features at 11th on this list, with Au Moulin de la Galette (1876) having fetched $78.1 million at auction at Sotheby’s New York in 1990. However, in response to her defense, Renoir Sucks launched a stream of insults, declaring “YOUR ARMS ARE TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD” and attacking the Capitalist system.
Renoir replied that she isn’t just any heiress and accused the Renoir Sucks account of being “dedicated to insulting my family,” to which they replied, “It’s more of a support group for art historians and cultural aficionados who literally barf every time they see a Renoir, which is all too often.” The battle rages on.