Reflections of the Boating Party

William Willis, Hyena, 1977. Oil on gessoed paper, 50 1/2 x 44 1/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. John Naisbitt and Ms. Patricia Aburdene, 1989. Photo: Claire Norman

Every time a painting is hung in a certain position in the museum’s first gallery, it reflects merchandise displayed in the adjacent shop.

For museum assistants stationed in this space, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party is often closer than we think . . .