Auguste Renoir, Two Young Girls at the Piano, 1892. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Renoir gives us lots of color and great detail in this painting. Take some time to look at these details. Enlarge the picture if you can and look not only at the girls–their expressions and their clothing–but past them to the room they’re in–the furnishings, the drapes, the decorative touches.
Now, write about the world in which these young girls live. What kinds of inferences can you draw about their lifestyle from what you see? Tell a story leading up to and/or following this moment at the piano. Be sure to let the room itself reveal important information about them.
Isolate a corner inside your home. Write about an activity of yours that might take place there. Be sure to let a description of the place indicate a bit about the lifestyle of the inhabitants