Andrée Heuschling: A forgotten muse

“Of course I was interested about the Renoir family, but I made this movie because I discovered the story of Andrée Heuschling.”  In his interview with London’s Red Carpet News TV, director Gilles Bourdos reflects on his inspirations for his award winning film Renoir, the greatest being the young muse for Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s late paintings and Jean Renoir’s critically acclaimed silent films.  If you are familiar with Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings, like Blonde a la rose or The Bathers, you may recognize Andrée.  Her alabaster skin and red hair were often featured in Renoir’s late paintings.

Bourdos had some difficulty in casting the role of Andrée until he met actress Christa Theret.  In Theret’s interview with Red Carpet News TV, she explains her struggle to find proper modes of research before the filming of Renoir began.  After searching bookstores in Paris, Theret explained she finally realized how little importance has been placed on Andrée Heuschling even though Bourdos presents her as the driving force of both Renoir’s careers.

On Saturday, July 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Renoir will be screened in the Hope School of Fine Arts Auditorium.  Nan Brewer, the Lucienne M. Glaubinger curator of Works on Paper, will present a pre-screening gallery talk on several Renoir prints (including the print below).  To attend, meet in the Gallery of the Art of the Western world at 2:00 p.m. the day of the screening.  A limited number of complimentary tickets will be distributed first come-first served at the talk.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919).
Pinning the Hat, Second Plate (Le Chapeau Épinglé, 2e planche), 1898.
Lithograph on paper. Lent by Pia Gallo Fine Old Master and Modern Prints and Drawings, New York

The talk and film are presented in partnership with the Ryder Film Series.  Click here for more information.

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