Nicole and I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  It was our first time there and, let me tell you, it was a bit overwhelming.  The scale of the building, along with the volume of amazing and historical art was breathtaking.  This little painting stole my heart, though.  Painted by Renoir, it is the epitome of the “painterly” style that I love so much.  With the swish of a brush, your eye finishes the stroke and the image comes alive as if there were a million little strokes (see her dress).  I tend to be a painter who focuses on realism — little details are important to me — but this style exudes so much beauty and it showcases what a master painter is capable of doing.  I love this painting.